Title: "The Physics of the Impossible": Presentation and Sci-Fi Auction.
Where: (PLEASE NOTE ROOM) Alhambra Room 305, 3rd floor, the University-Student Union at Cal State L.A. (East L.A., junction of 10 & 710 freeways) - parking map at http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/maps/cslamapp.php
The University-Student Union is Building #5 on the map, near the northwest corner of campus.
When: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 6-8 PM.
See our flyer at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo.php?pid=176196&id=1626349554
(WARNING: This flyer does not contain information about the room, Alhambra 305, third floor U-SU)
Science fiction writer, science teacher and one-time space program worker Jonathan Vos Post, inspired by Michio Kaku's recent bestseller of the same title, will give a talk on the futuristic technologies we see at the movies and read about in Hugo- and Nebula-Award-winning novels. Teleportation, force fields, invisibility, death-ray beams, time travel, faster-than-light travel, access to parallel universes, encounters with robotic or alien intelligences: How likely are we to see these in our lifetime? And more important, even if they are possible -- should we make them reality? Just because something is technologically possible, must it be built? Is Science Fiction a Dream, or a Nightmare?
FUND-RAISING AUCTION! In order to bring you more intellectually stimulating presentations in the future, Humanist members have donated items for sale by silent auction. Minimum bids required, winning bids to be announced by the end of the program. Items for sale include Star Trek commemorative plates (most with certificates of authenticity, one with multiple autographs), a 2002 Angels world champion baseball, play programmes autographed by the play authors (Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe IV), and many books, all in good to excellent condition, including Michio Kaku's Physics of the Impossible, Isaac Asimov's Guide to the Bible, Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great, Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, and more!
Jonathan Vos Post: as seen live by 10,000,000 people on the NBC-TV "Today Show", he is a widely published author of Science Fiction (with coauthors including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Sir Arthur C. "2001" Clarke), Science (coauthors including Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman), Poetry, Math, Drama, and other fields. He has been a Professor of Mathematics at Woodbury University in Burbank, California and a Professor of Astronomy at Cypress College in Orange County. In his so-called spare time, he has written speeches for a major presidential candidate, won elections for local political offices, played in Rock bands, produced operas, written for comic books, rewritten movie and TV scripts, and spends more time on blogs, Facebook, and LinkedIn than his Physics professor wife considers healthy.