Bigfoot. Cattle mutilations. Ghosts. UFOs. Experience the weirder, wilder and often overlooked corners of scientific inquiry today at the Mad Science Fair. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Metro State Crypto Science Society will turn the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria campus into what founder Jason Cordova calls an "alternative research conference" on the sorts of subjects mainstream science dismisses, derides and downplays. "It's about alleviating the stigmas against certain subjects and lending legitimacy to it, allowing it to be seen," Cordova explains. "That's what we're trying to do with this fair."
Exhibits on everything from mapping UFO sightings to attempts at breeding giant spiders will be on display, and speakers will present findings on cattle mutilations in the San Luis Valley, the latest in phantom-cat research, ghost-hunting and more. The keynote will be given by Claude Swanson, an MIT-trained physicist and author of The Synchronized Universe, which Cordova describes as a "mad science handbook" that presents a unified theory of the paranormal. And just for fun, Kronda Seibert and the Colorado Steampunks group will be on hand to show off their own version of Victorian-flavored mad science.
The entire fair is free. Learn more about the Metro State Crypto Science Society at www.mscd.edu/~crypto.
Fri., May 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2010