Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

     STEM


Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of science fiction, his main avocations now involve history, futurism and skepticism. When not traveling with his wife, playing with his dogs, climbing rocks, or attending cons, he spends his spare time pondering general relativity, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the effects of antimatter on the dark matter/dark energy problem. Sometimes, he hunts for true psychics, ghosts and other paranormal phenomenon to no avail.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Dr. Ben Davis

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff and learn about this year's planned festivities!

Sat 01:00PM The Tech Behind Running a Virtual Convention

The Tech Behind Running a Virtual Convention - the LibertyCon IT staff dishes on how we did it this year. Michael Birchfield moderates.

Sat 02:00PM The Singularity: When Will We Get There?

Dr. Ben Davis presents "The Singularity: When Will We Get There?"  Futurist Ray Kurzweil and many transhumanists define the Technological Singularity as “a future time when societal, scientific, and economic change is so fast we cannot even imagine what will happen from our present perspective.” Dr. Ben gives a telling analysis on how soon it might arrive.

Presentation
NLE
(60 min)
Sat 08:00PM 50 Years of SETI, Where is Everyone?

Previous Science GOH Dr. Ben Davis covers the status of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and the latest updates. 

Presentation
NLE
(60 min)
Sat 09:00PM Mad Scientist Guest of Honor Edition Roundtable

Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much. This year the participants will be the current STEM GOH and 6 Past Science Guests of Honor. 

Sun 01:00PM Junk Science, How Does It Start? Why is There So Much of It?

Junk Science, How Does It Start? Why is There So Much of It? Dr. Ben Davis presents on this timely topic!

Presentation
NLE
(60 min)
Sun 02:00PM Where's My Flying Car, Dammit!

Where's My Flying Car, Dammit!  Dr. Ben Davis reprises this updated favorite.

Presentation
NLE
(60 min)
 
 
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