FEBRUARY 10–18th
Pseudoscience is all around us, from homeopathy to chiropractic to crystal healing to feng shui to phrenology to breatharianism.... 
Let's study a real corker: Dr Katterfelto astounded Londoners during the flu epidemic of 1782 by showing them down a microscope the actual germs that were causing the disease. Well, no, they were tiny water creatures, but his public had never seen a microscope before, so they were easily gulled.*

Ian B Dunne is Dr Katterfelto for one night, on Thursday Feb 15. Will you be gulled? Knowing Mr Dunne's persuasive ways, methinks you will be. You will at least be well entertained.

* It is because we are all easily gulled that the Science Festival exists, to keep ignorance at bay.
Dr Katterfelto was a copper-bottomed, brass-necked charlatan. But some of his contemporaries, though they seem just as outrageous to us now, were genuine seekers after truth. Luigi Galvani, who first demonstrated the effect of electrical stimulation on frogs, called the effect 'animal electricity' and wrote a lengthy book to promote the animal electricity theory. And why not? It was as good a theory as any. His nephew, Giovanni Aldini, a zealous supporter, performed increasingly gruesome demonstrations on bodies of all sorts including, famously, bringing an executed murderer to life, apparently, with electric shocks. This is what inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein.
We are constantly having our secure beliefs whipped away from us. Remember how we used to believe that eating fat made us obese, so we substituted carbs?

Dead Talks,  Saturday February 17th, is a celebration of Ideas we thought were so so clever at the time. There are thousands to pick from, and the Dead Talks team are alive to all of them. Iszi Lawrence,  Simon Watt,  Paul Duncan McGarrity and Dr Steve Cross will mock our ancestors' blunders, but also point up our ever-present ability to sink into folly. 

Next to them, throwing in their tuppenny worth, will be the Stand-Up Philosophers, who will make us all fully aware that folly is not a good place to sink into.

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I don't believe it
Emily Grossman will challenge our scepticism hard with some brand new and unbelievable truths: that happy cows produce more milk? Or that there’s a planet on which a day lasts longer than a year? And could it be possible that there’s an animal that does square poos? Wonders, wonders, wonders on
Tuesday February 13.
In the rush to get our brochure out on time it seems a handful of mistakes made it through our normally rigorous editing procedures and into print... 
Gemma Arrowsmith: Earthling was listed as £12/£10; it is £9/£7. Anatomy Night: Matters of the Heart was listed as free; it is £4 (with proceeds to charity)Big Little Multiverse was listed as 'Little Big Multiverse'. Albert Einstein: Relativitively Thinking (Junior Edition) missed out the words '(Junior Edition)'. Monsters in Outer Space was listed as a drop-in session, but it is not. Our listing for Balloon Car Racers may have seemed to suggest tickets for the museum were £14, but this is for a family ticket. 

We'd like to apologise to the organisers of these events. The most up-to-date details are always to be found at