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Sun Jan 28 // 12:30 pm

Fallacy Bingo

Presented by Caveat

Do you have a hard time identifying when a belief system is built on fallacious constructs? We do too! In order to help us understand the impact of fallacies on our thinking, we made a game- Fallacy Bingo. Spot, explain, and properly identify some of the most common fallacies used in politics, journalism, science, social media and more.

Fallacies tend to shut down arguments preemptively, or distract from the core issue of an argument. Consequently, they work to build division between parties, and create fragmenting. In this age, it's a frequent occurrence. Calling fallacies out can help us move past them and address core issues. The goal of Fallacy Bingo is essentially, to provide the tools of awareness, and get past the bullshit. Fallacy Bingo is produced by CoLab Futures: Bringing together ART + ETHICS to stimulate a nuanced conversation about the future of technology.

Doors 12:30pm, show 1:00pm. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door and includes a bingo card and take home “cheat sheet."

Karen Ingram is a creative director, designer, and artist who uses her skill set to promote scientific awareness. Karen co-authored Biobuilder: Synthetic Biology in the Lab (O’Reilly, 2015), a synthetic biology curriculum. As a Synthetic Biology LEAP fellow, she is recognized as an emerging leader in the field. Since 2012 she has co-organized Brooklyn-based science cabaret, the Empiricist League. She is a long-time planning committee member of SXSW Interactive, where she focuses on topics such as the overlap of science and art, emerging biotechnologies, and journalism. With a background in the world of digital design, advertising, and marketing, Ingram has worked at Campfire, McCann Erikson, and UNICEF, to name a few. Her art and writing have appeared in titles from both science and art publishers. She has presented her work globally at events such as Synbiobeta (London), the AIGA (New Orleans), Flash in the Can (Toronto), Biofabricate (New York), Synberc (MIT), SB7 (Singapore), and SXSW (Austin, TX).  She is in the most recent cohort of Science Sandbox, a hybrid residency/incubator fellowship program housed at New Lab in Brooklyn. Her newest projects focus on how to traverse boundaries in creative and STEM fields.

Wieke Betten is a social science and bioethics PhD researcher and lecturer at the Athena Institute at the VU University of Amsterdam. Her research project focuses on societal and ethical aspects of synthetic biology. Since 2011 Wieke has been involved in the iGEM competition, both as an advisor and a judge. Wieke also works as a concept developer at the Open Wetlab of Waag society in Amsterdam. Together with Waag society she conducts a study on Trust Me I'm an Artist, a European project on ethical issues around art science collaborations. In 2015, she was selected to be a fellow in the synthetic biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP). Wieke obtained a MSc in Medicine and a MSc in Management, Policy-analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences, both from the VU University in Amsterdam.


Ingram and Betten met in early 2015 as part of the Synthetic Biology LEAP program at the Landscaping Workshop in Washington DC, where they received a crash course in the emerging arena of synthetic biology. As their immersion in the LEAP progressed, they discovered overlap in what they saw as challenges and opportunities in innovation; only separated by lingo Ingram is from an art and professional marketing background, and Betten is an ethics scholar. The two collaborated on an Action Plan as part of the program. The Action plan, CoLabFutures: Collaborations To Open Up The Future Of Biotechnology, is available on the SynbioLEAP website. Betten and Ingram are fortunate recipients of a SynbioLEAP Catalyst grant in support of CoLab Futures, their vision.