Octopuses + Brains + Robots: An Awesome Evening of Weird Science in NYC, Thursday April 3

octopus bookWhat can octopuses teach us about the evolution of intelligence? What about robots?

Join me and three amazing experts Thursday, April 3, 7-8:30pm at Housing Works Bookstore, for a fascinating evening discussing the weird and wonderful things octopuses have helped us understand about brains and bots–and what we still have to learn from them.

Thursday, April 3, 7pm
Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

I’ll be reading from my book, Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea and moderating a conversation with an animal behavior expert, a philosopher, and a bio-roboticist:

Jennifer Basil, of CUNY Brooklyn, will share her experiences studying the behavior and intelligence of octopuses and their relatives.

Robert Lurz is the author of Mindreading Animals: The Debate Over What Animals Know About Other Minds and The Philosophy of Animal Minds and a philosopher at CUNY Brooklyn.

Frank Grasso, a bio-robotics researcher at CUNY Brooklyn, will talk about his work with octos in his lab–and the challenges of building a true octopus robot.

Afterward we’ll be answering questions and signing books!

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is located in Soho, just east of Broadway and south of Houston (just a block or so from the N, R Prince St. stop, the B, D, F, M Broadway-Lafayette stop, and the 6 Bleecker stop).

Read more about the event, here, on Housing Works’s website. And join the Facebook event.

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