The forum is called Cafe Scientifique. According to the curator of The Mind Museum at Taguig, this has been ongoing since the start of the exhibit. This is happening monthly and they are inviting guest experts to talk about a certain topic and audience are encouraged to ask questions or give their insights. They also encourage everyone, especially those who are interested about the topic to sign up and attend the said monthly event.
Yesterday, I was one of the lucky bloggers who get to experience this forum. In line of their celebration of Andres Bonifacio's 150th anniversary, the topic is about the recently concluded disaster caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda or internationally known as Haiyan, what went wrong, and what can be done about it.
|The Mind Museum Curator, Maria Isabel Garcia, Dr. Gemma Narisma, Dr. Gerry Bagtasa, PhiVolcs' Dr. Renato Solidum and a representative for Project NOAH|
It was really a very informative discussion and I am impressed on how the audience participated and how well they are listening to the guest speakers infront. I got so many insights and was able to incorporate it to my own. I also learned more about Project NOAH, PhiVolcs and the movement and detection of typhoons and rains in the Philippines. They also confirmed that the theory of microwave pulses that moved the typhoon to our country is a hoax. I also get to know the social experiments being conducted by The Mind Movers of The Mind Museum.
From how I understand it, there is no concrete way of predicting how exact a certain earthquake or typhoon in terms of time or intensity of damage it can bring, but what can be done is a closest prediction. There is also a problem with information dissemination especially from the government sector since most people did not know what a "Storm Surge" is about, and what it can do. Filipinos in general lack "disaster imagination" making us unaware of how intense is the calamity that will strike us. Moreover, I believe that its about disaster preparedness, this should be intensified so we won't have another catastrophes like this. As I quote from Dr. Solidum of PhiVolcs, "In disasters, its better if we learn from other's mistakes than our own.".
If you want to be a part of the next The Mind Museum's Cafe Scientifique, just send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a slot for. You can also reserve a slot for a friend because this is free and open to the public.
Good Vibes everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^