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blinkBL-NK #11

Last month we kicked off the solar year. This month we’re coming at you lunar style.  On top of that, we’ll also be in the general neighborhood of Valentine’s Day, which we’ll celebrate by introducing some mingling experiments courtesy of Chew Lin. As always, the true focus will be on another set of three  great speakers, tunes from Syaheed, and cheap drinks and good food from our hosts at Blu Jazz. So, bring your carrots, your love poems, and your mingling shoes, and come on down to Blu Jazz for another evening of lighthearted mind enhancement and holiday good cheer.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, February 16
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM, first speaker at 7:30 PM
Place: Blu Jazz , 11 Bali Lane (Entrance on Ophir Road)
Cost: Entry is free, but $5 donation requested

Talk Summaries

Talk 1 – My Teachers Told Me Not to Doodle. . .
by Cheryl Chung

Description: Every class has one – the dreamy student who gets told off by the teacher for doodling on her notes and not paying attention. In this talk, Cheryl Chung speaks up in defense of doodlers everywhere. Maybe doodles are more than just swirly patterns lazily penned in margins of textbooks and maybe there is more going on in the brains of the doodlers than teachers give them credit for.

Speaker: Cheryl is an economist who draws. Part student and part strategist, she thinks about the future for a living. She doodles on her notes because it helps her to concentrate. Honest.

Talk 2 – The Price is Right: Ticket Pricing and Human Behavior from the Airlines’ Perspective
by Fabian Lua

Description: Ever wonder how air ticket prices could vary so dramatically? How do airlines decide on pricing? In this talk, Fabian Lua won’t quite go so far as to “Break the Airlines Code”, but he will give some insight into airlines’ approaches to figuring out how much consumers are willing to pay to travel. He will also share some anecdotes that reveal the lengths people go to score cheap tickets and find loopholes in the system.

Speaker: Fabian currently analyzes long-term growth and aircraft-related plans at Singapore Airlines (SIA). In his previous position, also at SIA, he was one of the guys who influenced how much the air tickets cost. In part of his free time, he reads compulsively, with special interests in architecture, art and design.

Talk 3 – Bricolage Education: A Theory of Intelligence as Process
by Melissa Lewis

Description: Intelligence and talent are often thought of as inherent traits, rather than as habits of mind and action that can be attained through certain processes. In this talk, Melissa Lewis will examine these opposing conceptions of natural vs. learned ability, presenting research from the genetic to the behavioral that points to a new educational paradigm both in the home and in the classroom.

Speaker: Melissa is a visiting biology student and teacher specializing in neuroscience and euphemisms for failure.

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