The next Philly Nerd Nite is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a city-wide celebration of science. We are thrilled to be a part of it, and we’re even more thrilled to offer you a scholarly ode to 2012 apocalypse mania. Should you like, you may buy tickets online, but we will also be selling them at the door as always.
Note that Nerd Nite is on a Thursday this month and that the talks will start at 8:00 instead of 7:30. Right before Nerd Nite will be “Meet and Geek“. Admission to that gets you admission to Nerd Nite. So many nerdly possibilities . . .
Philly Science Festival Nerd Nite
Thursday, April 26th
Doors at 7:30 / Show at 8:00
Frankford Hall / $5 cover
We have three great talks and two performances by the West Philadelphia Orchestra lined up for you:
“The End is Not Nigh: Fact and Fantasy in the Maya 2012 Phenomenon” by Simon Martin
We’ve all heard that the world is going to end in a fiery cataclysm, or that a galactic alignment is going to herald a new world order, or perhaps that they’ll be a rain of pink elephants come 21st, or 23rd, December 2012. Moreover, whatever it is that’s going to happen, the Ancient Maya predicted it because their calendar comes to shattering conclusion on that date. We can dismiss the ideas of self-declared experts of this “ends of days”–even though they can be fun to listen to–but the science questions in this are: How did we get to this? What did the Ancient Maya actually believe? Using hieroglyphic texts–including some only recently unraveled–we can form a real picture of ancient Maya beliefs about time-reckoning and the cosmos, and the 2012 phenomenon they have inspired.
Bio: Simon Martin, Co-Curator of MAYA 2012: Lords of Time and Penn Museum American Section Associate Curator, is an expert on Maya writing and specializes in Classic Maya history and politics. His work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, Science, and Archaeology Magazine. He appeared in the Nova television program “Cracking the Maya Code” in 2008 and has collaborated on shows for Discovery and the History Channel.
“How to Survive the Apocalypse” by Scott Gabriel Knowles
And dance like it’s the end of the world to the mighty sounds of the West Philadelphia Orchestra!