Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


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Who: Evolutionary Psychologist, David M. Buss
What: free public presentation, “Valentine’s Day 101: Why Humans Have Sex”
When: TONIGHT at 700pm
Where: Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, Enter at the 81st Street (Rose Center) [directions and maps]
Cost: FREE, and there is a cash bar too! (must be 21+ with ID)

Mix science with romance and join evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss, author of Why Women Have Sex, for a special Valentine’s Day edition of SciCafe. Learn about mating strategies and discuss why sex is used for more than just reproduction and pleasure.

SciCafe brings together inquisitive minds for an informal evening emceed by experts on cutting-edge science topics. Come with friends or meet new people, talk science, and more — it’s a happy hour Mr. Wizard would be proud of. Happening on the first Wednesday of every month, these 21-and-up SciCafes are presented by the American Museum of Natural History in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth.


  1. #1 Petey
    February 3, 2010

    I will be there! Anybody else?

  2. #2 Cuttlefish
    February 3, 2010

    If someone who is going could see that David Buss gets this, I would be most happy:

    He may enjoy or hate it, but he partially inspired it.

    (Yeah, I know, only an hour until it meets. Not much chance. You think that’s bad, I am working on another one that would be appropriate… could be done in just a few minutes, or significantly longer.)

  3. #3 Cuttlefish
    February 3, 2010

    Ok, it was minutes.

    I write today of human love
    Not as some gift from god above,
    But scientific views thereof
    From many different fields.
    Each science may have different tools,
    And so the scientific schools,
    Although they may agree on rules,
    Have very different yields.

    The chemists say it’s chemistry;
    Biologists, biology;
    Astronomers say “Can’t you see?
    It’s written in the stars!”
    In physics there’s a certain view
    Psychology can claim one too
    (And one with naught at all to do
    With Venus or with Mars)

    I’ve read a scientist who writes
    That mating pairs scale passion’s heights
    To outmaneuver parasites—
    That could, of course, be it.
    I’ve also read we may respond
    To those to whom we’ve grown quite fond
    Because a stable mating bond
    Makes offspring much more fit.

    They may (or may not) all connect,
    As scientists may well expect.
    If one of them is more correct
    Then I am not aware
    But I am yours, if you’ll be mine,
    My scientific valentine,
    Through random chance or will divine
    I frankly do not care.

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