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You and Your Irrational Brain: An evening of experimentation under the stars

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:39 AM

THIS EVENT IS FULL!! WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS

The World Science Festival and WNYC Radio present You and Your Irrational Brain, a live, outdoor event (rain or shine) Thursday, May 29th at Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City, Queens, NY.

Have you ever wondered why you might think it's okay to steal a pen from work, but not money from the petty cash box? Ever splurged on a lavish meal, only later to clip a 25 cent coupon for a can of soup? Ever taken something FREE, knowing full well that you didn't really want it? Why do we make these decisions that are so clearly irrational?

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational, along with science writer and Radio Lab contributor Jonah Lehrer, will join Radio Lab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich to explore the often surprising factors that motivate and dictate human behavior.

The FREE event will combine discussion with live group experiments, games and demonstrations that test the ideas in Ariely's book, followed by food, drink and music under the stars and on the sand.

WHEN
Thursday, May 29th, 2008 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, followed by music, DJ, beer and beach-side merriment

WHERE
Water Taxi Beach (Google Map)
2nd Street and Borden Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

For the full experience, take the 5-min water taxi to the beach. There's a shuttle ($5) leaving at 5:45pm, and it's departing from the pier at East 35th Street. THIS IS A SPECIAL ONE-TIME SHUTTLE set up for tonight's event!

The Beach is also within walking distance of the Vernon/Jackson station on the 7 train.

Water Taxi Beach has concession stands for snacks and beer, so no outside food, but feel free to bring your beach towel, chaise lounge, volleyball, sand pail etc. And bring vaild ID (21 +). Minors are only allowed to come with their parents.

THIS EVENT IS FULL - WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING RESERVATIONS

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Comments [8]

Greg

any chance there will be audio/video available from this event for us out-of-state kids? Sounds fascinating, wish I could have been there, you're welcome back to the Fitz anytime though ;)

Jun. 19 2008 04:00 PM
RadioLab

THERE IS A WATER TAXI!! Hi all- YES there is a water taxi leaving from East 35th Street tonight at 5:45pm - it's a special service they set up just for us, so it's not on their regular route. It's $5 and a beautiful ride.

Yours, RadioLab

May. 29 2008 01:22 PM
Dot

OK.Thanks for such a quick reply!

May. 29 2008 01:10 PM
Dot

Don't want to create confusion, but can someone confirm that there is indeed a Water Taxi shuttle running across the east river?
Their website says that the weekday evening shuttle doesn't start service until the 30th of June, but perhaps this is a special case.
Thanks.

May. 29 2008 01:03 PM
matt

i can't WAIT!

May. 28 2008 01:07 PM
Rebecca

Hey RadioLab--don't ignore us, 20&under crowd... There's a big portion of us who are 18, 19, 20... who can't bring our parents along as chaperones.

May. 20 2008 04:33 PM
Dan Lurie

Sounds like its going to be an awesome event– just wish you guys could have found a venue amenable to us younger listeners (and there are a good many of us).

May. 17 2008 08:50 PM
Bill McClendon

Hey, I'm the Sunday host for our local NPR affiliate. Will you please pressure my boss, Oliver Stoutner, to carry RadioLab? I'd love to have it on our air!

Bill McClendon
Producer
WLRH FM
Huntsville, AL
Cell: 256.653.2873

May. 15 2008 11:08 PM

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