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Science & Art Cabaret explores Skepticism, Doubt, Denial

If there was ever a time to bring to the forefront, the implications of Skepticism, Doubt, Denial, as they pertain to the issue of climate change, this would be it. Consider the horrific weather patterns that we face today, all around the world.

Turmoil abounds, which is normally when people start looking at things a little bit differently. Religion is questioned. Governments are questioned. People begin to delve into issues a bit more, and what they come back with is that the answers don’t make sense. Who is telling us the truth? How do we know? And if we can’t figure out fact from fiction, many of us tend to go into a state of denial.

Change can be scary. Truth can debunk religious beliefs. Anti-establishment beliefs can result in being labeled an anarchist. What is one to do, especially when the issue revolves around the topic of climate change? Maybe it’s simply an inconvenience of truth, or it simply goes against former teachings. In any case, if you have been interested in hearing more about the topic, delivered by three different historians with different points of view, then it’s time that you attend the upcoming Science & Art Cabaret.

Hallwalls, Buffalo Museum of Science, Technē Institute, and UB College of Arts & Sciences present Science & Art Cabaret 18.0: Skepticism, Doubt, Denial

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 7pm | The Ninth Ward @ Babeville | 341 Delaware Avenue

Admission is FREE. Cash bar.

The three speakers are:

  • Bruce Adams, who is an artist, atheist, writer, former high school art teach and (further back) a former working magician will speak on “How I Became A Skeptic (and learned to annoy people).
  • Jason Briner, Associate Professor of Geology, has been invited about the subject that prompted this discussion and address the gigantic and existential topic of climate change.
  • David Persons, a former Anglican minister, will talk about doubt and disbelief in religion, explaining “”Throughout my life’s journey, doubt and disbelief often cost me friends but the hunger for peace and freedom was worth it. Doubt is essential for true religion and all perceptions of life. In the end, we walk by faith and not sight.”

The speakers will address the issues of climate change as they pertain to intellectual, scientific, and artistic values.

Quirky, intellectual and fun, the cabaret is an ongoing collaborative program between Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, UB and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Individual “cabarets” are held several times a year, with each bringing together an unusual mishmash of speakers from divergent fields to talk about a common theme. The event series is supported by the Technē Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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