Iain Couzin at the Secret Science Club

Posted by on May 11 2010 in Events, Lectures/Seminars1 comment

UPDATE – ABC News feature about the Secret Science Club: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=7025066&page=1

Iain will talk about his work and the work of the CouzinLab at the next Secret Science Club session. This event will hold at the Bell House in New York (149 7th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215), at 8pm on Tuesday May 18. Tickets are free. Hereafter is the content of the flyer for Iain’s talk:

The Secret Science Club presents Biologist Iain Couzin and “The Perfect Swarm,” Tuesday, May 18, 8 pm @ the Bell House, Free

A predator approaches a school of fish, and—seemingly in one motion—the fish dart to safety. A flock of pigeons wheel over city rooftops, their movements orchestrated as if by a conductor’s baton. Stadiums full of people jump up and do the Macarena in 1996. What’s at the root of these mysterious behaviors?

Biologist and mathematician Iain Couzin of Princeton’s Collective Animal Behavior Lab discusses swarming locusts, marching army ants, and even crowds of bugged-out Homo sapiens. He asks:

-How did collective animal behavior evolve and what are the fundamental principles underlying this behavior?

-What enables groups of animals to move in unison?

-How does individual behavior influence group dynamics?

-Can crowds cause species to undergo dramatic “personality” changes?

Flock don’t run to this wild talk . . .

Before & After

-Groove to synchronistic tunes

-Stick around for the “orderly” Q&A

-Try our highly unified cocktail of the night, the Herd Mentality

The “Secret Science Club” meets Tuesday, May 18 at 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn, p: 718.643.6510 Subway: F to 4th Ave; R to 9th St; F or G to Smith/9th

No cover. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Please bring ID: 21+  Limited seating.

For information: contact secretscienceclub@gmail.com

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  1. Some of the most mesmerizing examples of collective behaviour of animal groups can be noticed every day. V-shaped formations of migrating geese, starlings dancing in the evening sky and hungry seagulls swarming over a fish market, are just some of the wide variety of shapes formed by bird flocks.

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