The Ig Nobel Prizes and Improbable Research (honouring achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think) pay a visit to Edinburgh in time for National Science & Engineering Week.
The show features Marc Abrahams, organiser of the Ig Nobel Prizes and Guardian columnist, and an all-star cast of scientists and entertainers each doing exceedingly-brief readings from genuine, improbable scientific studies.
Warning: If you are easily offended by anything, do not come to this show.
Marc Abrahams - Improbable Host [Info]
Caroline Watt - Perrott-Warrick Researcher, Univ. Edinburgh [info]
Sergio Dalla Sala - Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience [info]
Sian Bevan - Comedian and Writer [info]
Simon Gage OBE (Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival) [info]
Vicky Young (Science Communicator & Reproductive Biologist, Univ. Edinburgh) [info]
Gordon Rutter (Head of Biology - Edinburgh High School, Mycologist) [info]
Suzanne Endoo (Quantum theorist, Heriot-Watt Univ.) [info]
Colin Macilwain (Writer for Nature and Science)
Peter Harrison (Magician & Scientist) [info]
Jamie Gallagher (Science Communicator & dancer) [info]
Richard Wiseman (Professor of Public Understanding of Psychology, Univ. Herts.) [info]
and more speakers TBA.
Questions answered will (possibly) include:
Why are Nobel Prize winners happy to award Ig Nobel Prize winners awards?
Why are Ig Nobel Prize winners awarded Nobel Prizes?
How did stinky feet get the attention (and $775,000) off Bill & Melinda Gates?
How can the deaf extend their (and others') lives by using Japanese condiment?
How distracted do you have to be to crash your car?
What is the best way to cure hiccups?
Why is slime better than humans?
How can shepherds avoid back-pain?
Why don't woodpeckers get headaches?
How can a brassier save your life?
Why is high-priced fake medicine more effective than low-priced fake medicine?
How can you repel teenagers? And how can teenagers get the better of their teachers?
Why doesn't spaghetti break in two?
How do you appease your castrated dog(s)?
How can you get out of bed, on a BAD day?
Does "Only a fool break the two second rule"?
Why was Edward A. Murphy Jr. important, to everyone?
Why do chickens prefer beautiful people?
How does a dead person can get a passport and start his own association?( whilst being legally dead).
How can you explain radioactive decay using beer froth?
How can humans understand dogs (and vice versa)?
What is the best way to dunk a doughnut?
How you can deter a thief from stealing your car?
and... can a military weapon make someone gay?
This event is running as part of National Science and Engineering week in 2012.
Co-sponsored by the Edinburgh Skeptics.
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Edinburgh Skeptics Society
The Edinburgh Skeptics Society exists to promote science, reason and critical thinking.
We are a non-profit, unincorporated association dedicated to providing events, talks and performances aimed at the community of Edinburgh. We were founded in 2009, and are proud to draw on the tradition of critical thinking and skepticism embodied by Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment.
We are run by volunteers whose critical thinking skills are drawn into question by the amount of unpaid time they put in.
We host a variety of regular events and co-ordinate full programme of talks and shows during the Edinburgh Festival.