ESP Biography

BRANDON EPSTEIN, MIT junior-year physics major.

Major: Physics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Past Classes

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P13021: A Sampling of Memes in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Why are memes so popular? How did memes begin? How have memes evolved over time? What's all this fuss about "expanding brain" and "epic handshake?" In this class we will take a look at the history of memes, from the proto-memes of the early internet to the image macros and copypastas of the modern day.

M13022: Language and logic in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Logic is a set of rules, which help us say true things. It is also a field of mathematics, where one can prove what restrictions a system of ideas is inherently subject to. In the 1930s, Kurt Godel made David Hilbert quite upset by proving that some true mathematical statements can't be proven. It turns out that this is probably better understood as showing that any set of descriptions isn't exhaustive. We will discuss what can be said about what can be said, and what the implications of these restrictions are. A mixture of philosophy and mathematics, we will together discover the limitations of language.

S12574: Evolution Revolution: Why Darwin Was Wrong in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
You might have heard in school about a fellow named Darwin, something about a boat and birds and then a book with words. What they might have left out was all the ways in which Darwin was dead wrong. In fact, as written, Darwinism is total bogus! I will be discussing how life really came to be. I will use proper evidence to draw the story of the tree of life, with an emphasis on how very wrong Darwin was.

X12061: The gods of Gielinor in HSSP Spring 2018 (Feb. 24, 2018)
Come learn about the gods of Runescape, the myths, the history, and the ongoing struggle for control of the races of Gielinor. Learn about Zamorak's betrayal of Zaros, and about Guthix's banishment. Study the dragonkin, and their relationship with the stone of Jas. The divided dragon riders, and the diary of the last of a kind. Follow the staff of Armadyl through five ages. And hear all about Seren's introduction of the ritual to the Mahjarrat, culminating in the murder of Mah. We will be going over the gods arriving on Gielinor, and the relationships between them. This course will provide an overview of the developing story of the gods of Runescape, and the relationships between them. This will include cutscenes of the more major events, and depictions of many of the more minor ones. We will meet all of the 20+ gods Runescape has to offer, and trace back their often complex history. We will also take a look at how this lore developed in real time, as the developers tweaked their notion of the various gods they had already introduced, in order to fit the evolving narrative being offered.