Wildly popular Tucson Festival of Books in 6th year

festivalofbook2014Thousands and thousands (and thousands) of people have attended this popular Tucson Festival of Books, since its inception in 2009.  Go to the website for information on the authors, schedule of activities, map, etc. (click here).

I participated there once in 2011 in our Tucsoncitizen.com booth (along with lots of other bloggers/citizen journalists, and our staff at the time).

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Final lecture in The Evolving Brain series

Last lecture tonight of this six week series at UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. (east of Park Avenue),  at 7 p.m.evolvingbrain

“More Perfect Than We Think”

William Bialek, PhD, John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics, Princeton University
“From its ability to appreciate beauty, to the reassembly of distant childhood memories, to our almost unthinking ability to respond to the unexpected, is our brain really “doing a good job” at solving the problems we confront as we move through the world? Has evolution granted us a rich inheritance of tools, or saddled us with artifacts of a distant past, limiting our ability to solve new problems? Many other animals, from insects to our fellow primates, do many equally remarkable things, but several examples will be presented allowing us to see how the human brain solves problems in an essentially perfect way — no machine operating under the same physical constraints could do better. Examining what is common among the problems that the brain is good at solving begins to suggest a more general principle that may be at work”.

Jam to Grow at 2nd Saturday Downtown

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I’ve been reporting monthly on Tucson’s wildly popular urban street fair since it started up on May 8, 2010 along Congress Street downtown.  I only missed posting about February 8, 2014 since I was between blogsites (Tucsoncitizen.com shut down on Jan. 31, and I started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014). But I faithfully blogged about the Feb. 8 urban fest on my own Facebook page (probably just from habit alone).

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