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Ugly Animals 
Saturday 17 September: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
 (doors 7pm)
Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

This week the Word Wildlife Fund downgraded the panda's status from 'endangered' to 'vulnerable'. This leaves the throne vacant for the blobfish, everyone's favourite endangered darling, to become the queen of conservation. And with it, we can expect the friends of Blob to join the party. All hail the Proboscis Monkey the Northern Bald Ibis, the Dugong! (but never ever the Naked Mole Rat; spare us that).
Is there an ugly animal near you?
Saturday 17 September: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
 (doors 7pm)
Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

In The Office Bestiary Richard Robinson suggests we could learn a lot from studying how animal behaviour has evolved.
Indeed it seems we have learned; we have adopted their behaviour as part of our own. So in our everyday life we meet people who behave like animals for the same reasons as those animals do, from the boring sponge to the grasshopper to the assassin bug. Consider the Elephant Seal and its human parallel: both ever-ready for a good fight. We find that animals are more like us than we ever could believe, and we are more like animals than we ever want to believe. 

Tickets £6 (£3): Book now!

The Festival seems to have broken out of February. Half of it detached itself and spent the year trekking through June, July and August trying to find a home. It has settled on September, and from now on it will cuddle up with the Digital Festival and Mini-Maker Faire, if they'll have it. (The junior half remains in February).
Also this Summer, thanks to the University of Sussex we have been able to visit youth clubs, community centres and other local areas of Sussex, where we drop in and do magic, then ruin it by explaining the science.
Plus, Pocket Science popped up around the county - pictures to the right and below.
It has been busy, busy times.
No Toodle Pip to PIPs
Philosophy In Pubs has been Pam Lelliot's obsession and everyone else's monthly delight for a decade. Pam is leaving it - So someone MUST keep it going. Suggestions please!
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The gentle art of argument

Take Nobody's
Word For It

Sunday  September 18
10.30am - 5.30pm
Sallis Benney Theatre

All animals disagree. the human sort has developed ways to disagree without being disagreeable. Sometimes we forget them, however, so our special day will remind us of how to be critical without going critical.
Here we will find out a few hints and tips, play debating games, have lively talks, on issues interesting and different, and meet lively, interesting and different people.
 
For all ages, 12+
FREE (donations)

Supported by the Philosophy Foundation, Speakers Corner Trust and the University of Brighton

We would like:
Volunteers to help run the games and
Devil's Advocates to thoroughly test our ideas - reply to this email if you want to get involved.

Ideas for debate - give us your thorniest themes on our Facebook page.
 
REPORT
The final report for the February Festival is HERE. Sorry it has been such a long time coming. A string of excuses sits to the left. A picture of Dr Jonathan Hare and an Angry Gull sits above. Plus the Mayor of Brighton shrinks his partner (left), but she has the last word.
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