Thursday, January 31, 2013

"BONK: Curious Coupling of Science and Sex"

Mary Roach; Wisdom Quarterly
The LA County Natural History Museum presents the a discussion with Mary Roach on her book Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex for its First Fridays series. 
From the Masters & Johnson artificial-coition machine to Dutch gymnasts coupling in MRI machines, the study of human sexual physiology is the most vital, surreal, awkward, and oddly overlooked branch of modern science.  Roach salutes the bravery of early pioneers and takes us through the highlights (and low points) of the past century.
Mary Roach is a renowned American columnist and author who has written for Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine, among others.  Her books include  Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003), Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (2005) (aka Six Feet Over: Adventures in the Afterlife), and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (2010).

Once a month, the entire Natural History Museum stays open until 10 pm and features live music, exciting scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours. First Fridays is an immersive program designed for audiences of all ages, bringing together dynamic discussions with scientists on the cutting edge of their fields and musical performances by fresh and innovative artists. In recent years, the program has been hailed as the “Best Intellectual Event in Disguise” (L.A. Downtown News) and the “Best Museum Party Night” (Los Angeles Magazine). First Fridays welcomes its audience back to the Museum they loved as kids, putting a new and exciting spin on an old favorite.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 6:30-9:00 pm

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