The Tragedy of Climate Change: History, science & the politics of US global warming @ Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre | London | United Kingdom
Author of the recent book ‘Behind the Curve’, Joshua Howe uses the narrative lens of tragedy as a way to make sense of our collective failure to mitigate global warming in a meaningful way. He[...]
Eggs, Milk, Holiday, Death w/@robinince @ The Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom
Join us for an evening with Robin Ince as he mulls over being excited about being self-conscious in the universe for a finite amount of time, strange nights in the Monkey Cage with Brian Cox[...]
Understanding Ancient Parchments using Analytical Chemistry @ Royal Society of Chemistry | London | England | United Kingdom
Join Lee Gonzalez as he discusses some of the problems with collagen, a major structural component of parchment, and outlines the key manufacturing stages of historical parchment.
Jan 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bring Back Capital Punishment? @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom
This will be a lively but serious discussion event to kick-off 2015, exploring whether there is now a case to re-introduce the death sentence. Barbara Smoker, who is adamantly opposed to such a notion, will[...]
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Skeptics Guide to Drugs in Sport @ The Monarch | London | United Kingdom
The skeptics guide to drugs in sport – How Armstrong produced the greatest sporting fraud… until the next one? Three great sporting events took place in 2012: Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France,[...]
Homeopathy…and the ‘4th Law of Thermodynamics’ w/ @EdzardErnst @ Room LG01, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, University of London | London | United Kingdom
Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit Invited Speaker Series, 2014/15 Abstract There probably is no ‘alternative’ therapy that continuously divides opinion more deeply than homeopathy. Some consumers simply swear by it and interested parties promote it vigorously,[...]
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Particle Fever @ Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
2015 is upon us so finally, after a two-year break, the Large Hadron Collider is about to restart with almost double the collision energy. To celebrate, join us as we follow six brilliant scientists during[...]
Extraordinary Journeys into the Human Brain @ Kings Place (Hall 2) | London | United Kingdom
One of the world’s leading neurologists, Professor Allan Ropper, takes us behind the scenes at Harvard Medical School’s neurology unit into a world where patients face bizarre, life-altering afflictions and clinicians must deal with the[...]
Jan 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ethics of Gambling @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom
Given that most people who gamble lose most of the time, why on Earth do they do it? Chris Bratcher, who has been a regular casino-goer and occasional punter elsewhere for many years, as well[...]
Good listeners & smooth talkers: Spoken communication in a challenging world @ Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
Everyday spoken communication typically occurs in complicated, distracting and noisy environments. Join researchers from seven European countries for talks and interactive demonstrations, exploring what influences the ability to understand speech, what makes a ‘listener’ good[...]
David Lodge in conversation with Mark Lawson @ Kings Place | London | United Kingdom
David Lodge discusses his memoir, Quite A Good Time to be Born, covering the first forty years of his life, from his birth on 28 January 1935 to the publication of his breakthrough book, Changing[...]
Weird stuff: A personal perspective w/@RichardWiseman @ Room LG01, New Academic Building | London | United Kingdom
For over twenty years Richard Wiseman has investigated weird stuff. Some of the things he has examined have turned out to be interesting, but much of it has been surprisingly dull. In this talk he[...]
Quantum biology: An introduction w/@jimalkhalili @philipcball @ Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
In the first of three guest-curated events on Quantum Biology, Jim Al-Khalili invites Philip Ball to introduce how the mysteries of quantum theory might manifest themselves at the biological level. He will explain how the[...]
This final seminar of the exploration series will investigate the role the arts play in the interpretation of science and exploration today, why the perception and practice of art and science has separated into two[...]
'The Terror of London': Spring-heeled Jack & the Victorian Metropolitan Press @ The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks | London | United Kingdom
One of London’s greatest monsters, Spring-heeled Jack has held the city’s imagination in his claws since he first appeared as “a ghost, a bear, and a devil” right up to contemporary comics and internet radio[...]
Revenge of the microbes: how bacteria have re-emerged as a threat to our existence @ Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
Bacteria are our ancient enemies, evolving ever more clever ways of outmanoeuvring our natural defences and scientific technologies. For millennia, a simple cut or cough could kill. With the development of antibiotics, it seemed we[...]
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ethical and Economic Case for Socialism @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom
The concept of surplus labour – that is labour performed over and above that required to fulfil immediate consumption needs – will be used to explain: first, how economic development happens; second, why the current[...]
Hall of Mirrors w/@b_eichengreen @ Kings Place | London | United Kingdom
Berkeley professor of Economics Barry Eichengreen talks about his book, Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses – and Misuses – of History. He argues that the lessons of the[...]
Is Cameron more radical than Thatcher? w/@pollytoynbee @exauditor77 @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom
In their new book “Cameron’s Coup”. Polly Toynbee and David Walker argue that Cameron is turning out to be more radical than Thatcher. In conversation with columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards, they will explain why they think[...]
Lifting The Lid: Ongoing Adventures in the World of Pseudoscience w/@mrmmarsh @ Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom
It’s easy to think of pseudoscience existing in a glass case at a museum – something to be examined and critiqued from a safe distance, but not something to touch and to play with. Using[...]
"Designed for programming the mind": Lessons from a method of indoctrination @ Room LG01, New Academic Building | London | United Kingdom
To non-believers, belief in young-Earth creationism can seem incomprehensible. It is sometimes argued that believers have been indoctrinated or even brainwashed, but these are often labels of last resort rather than terms with explanatory power.[...]
Pulp Fiction: The Ancient Greeks & their leisure reading @ The British Academy | London | United Kingdom
This panel discussion will provide a rare insight into the everyday concerns and literary tastes of the ancient Greeks. Discovered in the late nineteenth century, the rubbish tips of Oxyrhrnchus and the papyri they contain[...]
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
The Brain's Way of Healing @ Kings Place | London | United Kingdom
In his first book, the New York Times Bestseller The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge introduced readers to the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental[...]
Carol Felstead & the creation of a Satanic Myth in the United Kingdom @ Room LG01, New Academic Building | London | United Kingdom
Hypnotised, sedated and brainwashed, Carol’s childhood memories were eradicated and her mind was reordered through 20 years of protracted psychotherapy. Assigned a new identity, separated from her family, a myth was created around Carol which[...]
The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles & Rare Events Happen Every Day @ The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks | London | United Kingdom
Coincidences happen, incredibly unlikely things occur, and the apparently miraculous comes about. The improbability principle says that such extraordinarily improbable events are commonplace. It shows that this is not a contradiction, but that we should[...]