Join us at the Society for Neuroscience Vision Social
Join us at the Society for Neuroscience Vision Social on Monday, Nov 13th, 6:45pm to 8:45pm, at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel - Grand Ballroom North. The uncanny Apollo Robbins—Gentleman Thief and original host of Brain Games—will join Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik to discuss how art and vision science cross-fertilize and mutually strengthen each other. The evening will be led by Josh Fischman, Senior Editor from Scientific American Magazine.
Apollo Robbins is an Entertainer, Speaker & Consultant. Often referred to as “The Gentleman Thief,” Robbins first made national news when he pick-pocketed the Secret Service while entertaining a former U.S. President. Forbes calls him “an artful manipulator of awareness,” and Wired Magazine has written that “he could steal the wallet of a man who knew he was going to have his pocket picked.” The TED editors described Robbins’ popular talk as “a revelation in the flaws of human perception.” It is currently among the 20 most-viewed TED talks of all time. He’s also known for his role as a producer and cohost in the Emmy nominated National Geographic TV Series, Brain Games. Robbins has expanded the role of misdirection and magic beyond entertainment, pulling back the curtain to show how the principles behind these illusions apply to everyday decision making. His interactive demonstrations combine pick- pocketing, magic, and theatrical con games to illustrate complex concepts from cognitive science, social psychology, and behavioral economics.
Professors at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik use illusions and magic to study the brain mechanisms of vision and cognition. They are the authors of Champions of Illusion, and the international bestseller Sleights of Mind, and regular contributors to Scientific American. They are the founders of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest, which invites scientists, artists, mathematicians, and magicians to create new, astonishing illusions. Their research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, NPR and NOVA.
Josh Fischman is a senior editor at Scientific American magazine, leading a team covering life sciences, earth sciences, and science policy from Washington DC. His work has been selected for the Best American Science Writing 2012 anthology, and he has won the Blakeslee Award for excellence in medical reporting and many other writing awards. He has written cover stories for National Geographic, U.S. News & World Report, and features for Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Josh has been the editor-in-chief at Earth magazine and deputy editor-in-chief of Chemical & Engineering News, supervising worldwide coverage. He has directed technology and science coverage for The Chronicle of Higher Education as a senior editor, was a senior writer and editor at U.S News &World Report, deputy news editor at Science, and a senior editor at Discover. Josh has been interviewed about science and technology on CNN, MSNBC, Marketplace, BBC World Service, the Weather Channel, and he has been a master of ceremonies on stages at the USA Science & Engineering Festival and the Consumer Electronics Show. Josh is the author of the leading medical education guidebook, The U.S. News & World Report Ultimate Guide to Medical Schools (Sourcebooks, 2006).