Science at Burning Man: Say What?

“Burning Man: where exceptionally capable people prepare themselves for the zombie apocalypse” …maybe that’s what the Chinook’s there for

Quantum Frontiers

Burning Man… what a controversial topic these days. The annual festival received quite a bit of media attention this year, with a particular emphasis on how the ‘tech elite’ do burning man. Now that we are no longer in the early September Black Rock City news deluge I wanted to forever out myself as a raging hippie and describe why I keep going back to the festival: for the science of course!

This is a view of my camp, the Phage, as viewed from the main street in Black Rock City. This is a view of my camp, the Phage, as viewed from the main street in Black Rock City. I have no idea why the CH-47 is doing a flyover… everything else is completely standard for Burning Man. Notice the 3 million Volt Tesla coil which my roommates built.

I suspect that at this point, this motivation may seem counter-intuitive or even implausible, but let me elaborate. First, we should start with a question: what is Burning Man? Answer: this question is…

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4 comments on “Science at Burning Man: Say What?

  1. This is the Burning Man I love and that doesn’t get nearly the attention it should. Just regular people bringing to the desert the things they’re into and sharing them with others. The Phage camp is a little more next-level than most, but still indicative. If it’s a hobby/interest, it’s on the playa somewhere, and it’s been transformed into art. Love it.

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