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— For most people, clowns represent fond childhood memories. But a surprising number of people are scared of clowns — 7.8 percent of Americans, according to a Chapman University study. Recent pop culture hasn’t helped the situation at all. It: Chapter Two, released Sept. 6, has garnered nearly $200 million at the box office. That film focuses on a shape-shifting monster whose favorite form is a creepy clown surrounded by red balloons. The concept of the fear of clowns and fear, in general, has a real root in science. This science is the topic of a talk by PacSci Communication Fellow Cate Sanders on Oct. 10 at Central Cinema. The talk will be followed by a showing of the ’80s B-movie Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

— With the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, there’s a lot of mystery and sometimes fear of what AI could mean for the future. Melanie Mitchell, author of Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, will lay out all of the current information and trends, from how intelligent current AIs could actually get, what they can and can’t do, and whether we need to worry about them surpassing humans during a talk on Oct. 16 at Town Hall Seattle.

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