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Cafe Scientifique with Stuart Umpleby
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When: Jan 10, 2012
Where: The Front Page restaurant
4201 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA  22203
Contact: Kaye Breen

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
While Café Scientifique events are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month, please note that this event will take place on the second Tuesday due to the holiday.

Stuart Umpleby, Professor of Management, The George Washington University

In the social sciences it is clear that theories affect the phenomenon being studied. Indeed, we create theories in the hope that they will be accepted, acted upon and the social system will perhaps function better. However, usually scientific research is based on the assumption that the theory does not affect the phenomenon. The result is a gap between our assumptions about social systems and the way we do research. Closing this gap is leading to new methods for both research and practice. Creating a second order science, which includes examining the effects of theories on phenomena, is presently impeded by logical difficulties involving self- reference. This problem can be solved by reinterpreting some parts of mathematics using ideas common in everyday life.

The Ballston Science and Technology Alliance, a nonprofit organization, is the sponsor of Café Scientifique Arlington. Since April 2006, the goal of Café Scientifique has been to make science more accessible and accountable by featuring speakers whose expertise spans the sciences and who can talk in plain English. Please go to and contribute. Help keep Café Scientifique open and free to all!

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