Two More of your Five-a-day

Five speakers on five big issues,
on Big Science Saturday 17th Sept 2016.  

The Stupidity Paradox

Andre Spicer has put his finger on why we make unexpected decisions in life. Looking at Trump's nomination in the US and the Brexit vote, both of which ended up with votes being cast based on sentiment, he points out that this is the way we tend to function. You might think we should study the facts and construct an emotion based on them; instead we prioritise on our emotions and look for facts that support them. 

Andre's book goes granular - showing how this happens day by day in the workplace.

If we knew absolutely everything about the Universe - the position, momentum and direction of every single particle - would we still vote the same way? Jim Baggott could tell us. He has a brain so packed with knowledge that we will have to strengthen the Sallis Benney Theatre's floor to take the load.  He's so omniscient, he even knows what 'omniscient' means. Got any questions? Origins is your book and Jim's your man! 
Full line-up here.
Pocket Science- Kind to Animals
We would like to point out point out that no animals are harmed during Pocket Science Festival, our famous funfair with a twist. Splat-The-Rat, Angry Gulls, Big-Me-Up and Shrink-Me-Down... even the humans get out alive. 
Recommended ages 7-14

Wednesday 31st August  
Sydney Walter Centre, Sussex Rd, Worthing, BN11 1DS
Thursday 1st September
Under Ground Theatre, Grove Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 4TL
Friday 2nd September
Billingshurst Centre,
Roman Way, Billngshurst, RH14 9QW
Saturday 3rd September
Synergy Centre, 78 West St, Brighton, BN1 2RA

11am – 4pm
Tickets: £3 on the door

Widening Participation
On a recent jaunt to Newhaven's 'Nippers' holiday playgroup*, we found 7-11 year-olds had the same questions as the rest of us! All the Big Ones: what made the Universe, how did life begin, why are we here, why are we all different, are we better than other animals, why do we sleep??? Our show, Life the Universe and Everything, addresses all of those questions, and provides a mental scaffolding to hang all the big answers on, so perhaps we can get a grasp on the very big, long, tiny, dense, fast and slow things that surround us. Curious? Get in touch; reply to this email.
*Thanks to the University of Sussex for this.
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On Sunday September 18 at the Sallis Benney Theatre 
the gentle art of arguing will be on display at TAKE NOBODY'S WORD FOR IT.
Can you help? We need games leaders, to lead on the warm-up and talking games (which are really like party games). We'll have a practice session days before, to make sure we're up to scratch.

We also need Devil's Advocates, to make trouble. Contact us if you can, or if you know someone else who might.
A previous attempt to provide practice for arguing - Monty Python's famous Argument Clinic. We're less hilarious, but much safer.
A word from our guest editor,
the Blog-Fish
Why do pandas get all the attention? I bet the World Wildlife Fund would get just as many donations if they had a blobfish as their mascot. Let's do it.
You will see in the next newsletter what impact Simon Watt's campaign has had on the blobfish and many other


The Brighton Digital Festival events are waiting for your scrutiny. At the moment the home page is a little cryptic, but a short cut to  over 150 digital delights is