Splash Biography

LAUREN BERK, Yale senior, math major, metaphysics junkie

Major: Mathematics

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2012

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a math major at Yale, but have taken advantage of the diversity of course offerings and student groups to have a lay knowledge of philosophy, political science, and religious studies. I will be working in Boston next year doing operations research.

Past Classes

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X65: Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or “Mind Control in One Easy Lesson” in Splash Spring 12 (Mar. 24, 2012)
“Mind Control” may sound like science fiction, but NLP makes it possible! We will focus on controlling our *own* minds, but will touch on some ways to control others. We will cover: - How to reprogram your negative memories so that they affect you less, and how to highlight your best memories, by playing your memories backwards and forwards, giving them Mickey Mouse ears, and turning them upside down! - How to cure phobias and break habits instantly - How to anchor emotions to different parts of your body, so you can concentrate or relax by simply grabbing your wrist - How to change your perception of time to improve memory or perspective - How to read people’s minds by watching how their eyes move - How to make someone you are walking besides walk faster Sound too good to be true? Well, there *is* a reason it’s called a “pseudo-science”, but it has worked for untold thousands of people - come see it it will work for you!

M66: Infinity and beyond! in Splash Spring 12 (Mar. 24, 2012)
Remember when we were kids, and we tried to outdo each other with bigger numbers, until someone trumped with "infinity"? Ever try to respond "infinity plus one"? Ever been told that "infinity plus one is just infinity"? Not in this class! We will learn about two kinds of counting. In the first kind, we will talk about the differences between "infinity plus one", "infinity plus infinity" and "infinity to the infinity"! Then we will talk about infinities *even bigger* than those - infinities you can't even write as a list like (1, 2, 3, ...). In fact, there are infinitely many different infinities! How can we prove some infinities are bigger than others? How do we know how many infinities there are? Come find out!

M67: Things that do not make sense (Mathematical Paradoxes) in Splash Spring 12 (Mar. 24, 2012)
"I am telling a lie" Was I lying? If you answered either "yes" or "no" think again - and come to this class to see more quandaries like these! We will: - Draw pictures that defy geometry - Solve equations that convince us that 1=2 - Discuss game shows that have us making seemingly stupid choices - Add up whole numbers to get a fraction - Realize the hare can never catch the tortoise - Conclude that even when people test positive for a disease, they are far more likely *not* to have the disease than to have it! Of course, there is no such thing as a paradox, right? There have to be reasonable explanations to all these things... come and decide for yourself!