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    Cambridge Cybernetic Society
    4th Meeting

    "Advances in Improbable Cybernetic Research"

    Marc Abrahams, Editor,
    "The Annals of Improbable Research (AIR)

    Wednesday 17 January 96
    @Cybersmith in Harvard Square
    42 Church Street, Cambridge MA
    4 - 5 pm

    Information about Cybersmith: 617-492-5857

    A seminar presenting outstandingly improbable research, a surprising amount of it genuine, from The Annals of Improbable Research. The Cambridge Cybernetic Society has requested specifically cybernetic items, while normally Abrahams' talk includes highlights from the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonies held annually at Harvard. Topics can actually span the full range of the sciences and beyond, including: The Taxonomy of Barney; a Spectrographic Comparison of Apples and Oranges; Xerox Micrography; Tabletop Fusion; Feline Reactions to Bearded Men; and diverse other areas of research. Heckling is encouraged, as are lab coats and other appropriate and inappropriate regalia.

    Marc Abrahams is the editor and co-founder of "The Annals of Improbable Research" (AIR). "mini-AIR," a monthly electronic supplement to AIR, is one of the most widely circulated publications on the Internet. Abrahams is also the father and master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, honoring individuals whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced." The Prizes are handed out by genuine Nobel Laureates at a gala ceremony held each October at Harvard and broadcast on National Public Radio. Abrahams also writes a monthly column for the British science magazine "Focus," writes on science, technology and medicine for other publications, and is a commentator for ABC-TV's "World News Now" and public radio's "Living on Earth."

    From 1990-1994, Abrahams was the editor of "The Journal of Irreproducible Results," the world's oldest and largest science humor magazine.

    Abrahams graduated from Harvard College with a degree in applied mathematics. He subsequently spent several years developing optical character recognition computer systems (including a reading machine for the blind), and later founded Wisdom Simulators, Inc., a creator of educational software.

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