San Francisco Institute of Possiblity


Chicken John’s “Book of the Un” Dissertation Defense

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  • Date: March 8, 2017
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location Berkeley, CA
  • Venue: Hillside Club

Chicken John’s Book of the Un was written as a dissertation — part manifesto, part global thesis, that strives to supersede petty kings and commodities and is rooted in the beauty that comes from messy stupid collaborative artworks. The Book of the Un is a how to manual and philosophical tour de force from the guy who literally wrote the book on failure.

  • How do we get an artist’s constitution?
  • An artist’s democracy – sovereign outside of governments?
  • Who will lead us into the time of Peace, prosperity, ecology & balance?
  • What is ‘severe comedy? Does it hurt?

On March 8th at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, Chicken John will be defending his “Book of the Un” dissertation in front of a panel of three eminently qualified people:

Brian Doherty

Journalist, Author, and Senior Editor at Reason magazine

Brian Doherty is an American journalist. He is a senior editor at Reason magazine. He is the author of This Is Burning Man: The Rise of a New American Underground (Little, Brown, 2004), Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement (PublicAffairs, 2007), Gun Control on Trial: Inside the Supreme Court Battle Over the Second Amendment (Cato Institute, 2008), and Ron Paul’s Revolution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired (Broadside Books, 2012).

Lera Boroditsky, PhD

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UCSD

Lera Boroditsky is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UCSD and Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. She previously served on the faculty at MIT and at Stanford. Her research is on the relationships between mind, world, and language (or how humans get so smart).

She has been named one of 25 Visionaries changing the world by the Utne Reader, and is also a Searle Scholar, a McDonnell scholar, recipient of an NSF Career award, and an APA Distinguished Scientist lecturer. She once used the Indonesian exclusive “we” correctly before breakfast, and was proud of herself about it all day.

Alexander Rose

Executive Director and Clock Project Manager at Long Now Foundation

As the director of Long Now, Alexander founded The Interval and has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London, and the monument scale version is now under construction in West Texas.

Alexander curates speaking series’ at The Interval and The Battery SF, has been a part of the Thiel Fellowship Network, and founded the Robot Fighting League.