March 30, 2020

Link to Eric Leonardis interviewed on Beth Accomando's Cinema Junkie broadcast on KPBS Midday Edition.

Longer podcast version: coming soon! 


"Many people are turning to movies as distraction while sheltering at home. Neuroscientist Eric Leonardis suggests a couple of films that can be used to look at the coronavirus pandemic from a social dimension.

Leonardis is an instructor of cognitive science at UC San Dieg...

January 24, 2020

Eric Leonardis gave a talk about the limits of time travel at the Secret Society of Adultologists: Time Machine event at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park on Friday, January 24th, 2020! Given Einstein's theory of relativity, traveling to the future is feasible and possible. Given some of the 2nd law of thermodynamics, traveling to the past is not so easy! Eric explained how the physical quantity, entropy, mig...

July 20, 2019

Eric Leonardis recently joined National Geographic and Nerd Nite San Diego during San Diego Comic Con to talk about brain-computer interfaces: applications and ethical conundrums! With all of the new innovation in neurotechnology, what about issues of ethics and privacy? Is Elon Musk's new Neuralink the next mass surveillance technology? Using Cowboy Bebop as his compass, Eric broke down how to resist the violation of privacy...

May 3, 2019

The Reel Science Film Series returns for its third edition with a new slate of science-fiction movies every Friday of May. Featured films will be paired with a local scientist who will provide contextualized and corrective feedback about the scientific themes presented following each screening. The series is a collaboration between San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat), Digital Gym Cinema, and the Film Geeks San Diego. Th...

October 8, 2018

BrainScratch returned to Dirtybird Campout (West Coast)! Our Science campers built and raced their very own robots! Each Robot was created on Friday to compete in the Robot Race Tournament on Saturday! It was such a blast!

September 23, 2017

As any good camp counselor knows, no summer camping experience is complete without the time-honored tradition of getting a little nerdy. This year at Dirtybird Campout a team of house-bumping scientists will be hosting a themed section of the camp, the Science LaB, focused on fun and engaging installations, demonstrations, and presentations that demonstrate interconnectedness and complexity in nature. Special guest J.Phlip wil...

March 27, 2017

BrainScratch celebrated skepticism and the round spherical earth at Desert Hearts 2017!


Fernando Contreras "Artificial Intelligence and Biological Complexity"

What is AI actually? Are there really super intelligent artificial systems bound on world domination, or is it just a bunch of media hype? Bioengineer Fernando Contreras will give a crash course in AI and explore the limitations of artificial intelligence in rela...

May 26, 2016

At LIB 2016 BrainScratch founders Steven Kerns and Eric Leonardis spoke at the Mystery School and demonstrated the links between music festivals, cognition, and ecology. Inspired by the principle of empowering people through knowledge, they closed their talk with opportunities to get involved in environmental activism, festival green teams, and provided an extensive Q&A session.

March 20, 2016

Rana Haddad and Steven Kerns gave talks at Insomniac’s Beyond Wonderland about the bodies chemical responses to the stimulation provided by music festivals and viewing Earth as a system.

Steven Kerns

“Multi-Disciplinary Problem Solving: Rainforests, Satellites, and Activism"

 The preservation of Earth’s most important biomes depends on the use of biological research, ecological forecasting, satellite technology, and governmental...

November 7, 2015

At the Desert Hearts 3 Year Anniversary our collective was given a small centrally-located venue close to the main stage. Presentations were given on the neuroscience of vibes, the psychology of sustainable living, rainforest ecology, and the state of environmental infrastructure in the US. Unlike any other talks presented that weekend, our presenters danced to the beat of the music and incorporated the living soul of their su...

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