The shows

Aug
3
Sat
2019
Battling Boffins Smackdown!- Kate Cross and Anindya Raychaudhuri @ New Town Theatre
Aug 3 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Battling Boffins Smackdown!

Controversy and healthy, informed conflict as scientist Kate Cross and humanities scholar Anindya Raychaudhuri commence an academic smackdown in a battle to answer YOUR questions about anything and everything. Who has the right answers: science or humanities?  You decide!

What can the humanities tell us about how knees work?

What does science have to say about 17th-century French literature? Can you think of a better question we should ask?  Kate Cross and Anindya Raychaudhuri (University of St Andrews) engage in hand-to-brain combat in a fight over who has the Grandest Theory of Everything.

Pants on Fire!-Faye Skelton @ New Town Theatre
Aug 3 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Pants on Fire!

Do you think you could spot a liar? Many people believe there are tell-tale signs that show somebody is lying, and some even claim to be ‘human lie-detectors’. A suspect’s behaviour can determine how they are questioned, and influence jurors’ verdicts. Modern scientific techniques are even being used to spot lies in the brain, and have been presented as evidence in court cases. But how good really are these methods at detecting lies? Are we risking the freedom of innocent people? Join Faye Skelton (Edinburgh Napier University) to find out what psychology has to say.

Aug
4
Sun
2019
You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What? -Stephen Lawrie @ New Town Theatre
Aug 4 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Stephen Lawrie-You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What?

Research has got to the point that researchers like Stephen Lawrie (The University of Edinburgh) can predict who will get some major mental illnesses years before they develop. The overall accuracy of these predictions is about the same as in cancer screening. A key question now is: would you want to know if you, a child or parent was at high risk? Your answer might depend on how effective any treatment would be, the risk of false positive and false negative diagnoses, and the overall cost. Are there other factors?

Long live the cat ladies? -Anna Schneider @ New Town Theater
Aug 4 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Anna Schneider-Long Live the Cat Ladies?

In our twenties, an independent lifestyle seems liberating. In our thirties, making new friends becomes trickier: everyone’s busy with work/family/relationships. At the end of life, about one in three people live alone in Scotland. Depressing, eh? With sinking marriage and high divorce rates, with serial monogamy and fixed term contracts that make long-term planning hard, the outlook’s not getting better – unless we find new ways of living together. Anna Schneider (Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland; Edinburgh Napier University) argues that adopting a litter of cats to keep us company is not the solution.

Aug
5
Mon
2019
Statistics is Evil! -Liam Brierley @ New TownTheatre
Aug 5 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Liam Brierley –Statistics is Evil!

Coventry University. Library , FBL , EEC

Can you really trust statistics? Often thought of as manipulative or untrustworthy, statistics gets a bad reputation. It may be no surprise then that statistics has been interwoven throughout all things morbid in human history, like disease, conflict, and death. But is it fair to group statistics alongside those evils? Join statistician Liam Brierley (Coventry University) to discover why the US army protected its forces against a danger they never saw, how risky your bacon sandwich in the morning is, and whether you can really believe that key evidence that solves the murder trial.

Let’s Kill Half The World!- Ross Alexander @ New Town Theatre
Aug 5 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Ross Alexander-Let’s Kill Half The World!

The world’s population continues to grow at an alarming rate, putting an enormous strain on food systems and production. Plant biologist Ross Alexander (Heriot-Watt University) argues that killing half of us would quickly solve the problem. But how would this even work in practice? If this solution is untenable, then what other ways are there for plant scientists to engineer crop growth to meet the increasing food demand? Can we stave off hunger across the world without resorting to mass murder?

Aug
6
Tue
2019
Do cows belong in fields?-Orla Shortall @ New Town Theatre
Aug 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Orla Shortall-Do cows belong in fields?

The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might well be housed all year round, never grazing. The image of cows in fields peacefully munching green grass in an idyllic rural setting is not always the case.  Is year round housing a problem, or a legitimate practice for  the dairy industry?  What does animal welfare mean?  Orla Shortall (James Hutton Institute) argues that science alone doesn’t provide the answer.  It is ultimately a question of values – specifically, why and how we value agriculture.

 

Dumbing Down Trauma? -Matthias Schwannauer @ New Town Theatre
Aug 6 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Matthias Schwannauer-Dumbing Down Trauma?

Scotland is one of the first countries to buy into the Adverse Childhood Experiences movement wholesale and has highlighted this as a key public health concern. This can only be a good thing, right? Finally, we are waking up to the long-known devastating effect of adversity and trauma for individual’s lives, their place in society and their future wellbeing and prosperity. But does this broad-brush approach to public health miss the most crucial aspects, asks Matthias Schwannauer (The University of Edinburgh), by quantifying misery and focusing on individuals and their brains rather than society and its context?

 

Aug
7
Wed
2019
Scotland: The Final Frontier? -Matjaz Vidmar @ New Town Theatre
Aug 7 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Scotland: The Final Frontier? – Matjaz Vidmar

Launching rockets is the last missing piece in the growing Scottish space industry. Plans are underway to send satellites, and people, into Outer Space from Scotland. Sutherland, Unst and Prestwick are some of the possible launch sites. But how much it will all cost and what impact will it have on the environment and local communities? What kind of jobs will it create in these areas and who will profit? Could the money be better spent on something else? Matjaz Vidmar (The University of Edinburgh) argues that the space race might not be worth winning.

OK Computer or Paranoid Android? -Thusha Rajendran @ New Town Theatre
Aug 7 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Thusha Rajendran –OK Computer or Paranoid Android?

Psychologist Thusha Rajendran (Heriot-Watt University) tackles controversies around new technologies. Will our future be utopian or dystopian? Do our digital lives allow us to be true to ourselves, or are we suffering an identity crisis? Can iPads damage your children’s brains? Will robots take our jobs? Can you fall in love with your operating system? Can AI learn about aesthetics and style? Can you form a real attachment to your robot dog? Is it worth chipping yourself? What do these technologies mean for our evolution and what do our techno-fears reveal about us?

Aug
8
Thu
2019
Has Your Phone Replaced Your Brain?-Miranda Anderson @ New Town Theatre
Aug 8 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Miranda Anderson –Has Your Phone Replaced Your Brain?

What if your mind is not only ‘in’ your brain? How exactly would your mind extend across brain, body and beyond? Philosopher Dave Chalmers claims that if his iPhone were implanted in his head, it would just speed up processing; it is already part of his mind. Claims about ‘the extended mind’ have been around for a long time: for the Romans your iPhone equivalent was your slave. We are all out of our heads, argues Miranda Anderson (University of Stirling; The University of Edinburgh), and we always have been.

Aug
9
Fri
2019
You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What? -Stephen Lawrie @ New Town Theatre
Aug 9 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Stephen Lawrie-You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What?

Research has got to the point that researchers like Stephen Lawrie (The University of Edinburgh) can predict who will get some major mental illnesses years before they develop. The overall accuracy of these predictions is about the same as in cancer screening. A key question now is: would you want to know if you, a child or parent was at high risk? Your answer might depend on how effective any treatment would be, the risk of false positive and false negative diagnoses, and the overall cost. Are there other factors?

O Sister, Where Art Thou? -Sarah Chan and Lee Baylis @ New Town Theatre
Aug 9 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Sarah Chan and Lee Baylis-O Sister, Where Art Thou?

Each year, thousands of children are born in the UK as the result of egg or sperm donation. Once they turn 18, they will be able to find their biological parents, if they want. It doesn’t work the other way, though: gamete donors are unable to seek out children; nor can biological siblings born to different families from the same donor find each other. But they might want to – and perhaps they should be able to? Join bioethicist Sarah Chan and sperm donor Lee Baylis to discuss the multiple meanings of kinship, genetics and family.

Aug
10
Sat
2019
This Show Will Make You Sharper! -Alan Gow @ New Town Theatre
Aug 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Alan Gow-This Show Will Make You Sharper!

Staying sharp as you age is easy… just “eat this super-berry”, “do these five simple things” or “play this game to beat dementia”! But what if it’s not as simple as the hype suggests? If we need to put in a bit of effort to keep our brains healthy, would we be willing to do that, and do we even know what those challenging things might be? Join Alan Gow (Heriot-Watt University) to explore what we know about how our thinking skills change as we age, and what we might do to stay sharp.

 

Is God a Psychopath? -Ryan Mullins @ New Town Theatre
Aug 10 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Ryan Mullins-Is God a Psychopath?

Ever wondered what God might be like if God existed? Many religious believers today affirm that God has a rich emotional life, including perfect empathy. They say God suffers along with us in our pain, and rejoices in our happiness. Surprisingly, most philosophers have historically denied this. They complain that if God empathizes with us, then God feels what we feel, and some of what we feel is downright creepy. Instead, they say that God lacks empathy. Ryan Mullins (University of St Andrews) asks “but wouldn’t that make God a psychopath?”

 

Aug
11
Sun
2019
Call the Tooth Fairy! -Jan Clarkson and Craig Ramsay @ New Town Theatre
Aug 11 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Jan Clarkson and Craig Ramsay-Call the Tooth Fairy!

Most academic research needs to be more relevant, produced more quickly and for less money.  Is this possible?  Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee & NHS Education for Scotland) and Craig Ramsay (University of Aberdeen) return to CODI to share their latest ground-breaking research – and you may be surprised by the results!  How often should you go to the dentist?  Can their patients take charge of research and predict dementia, locate defibrillators and diagnose disease from biopsies?    Should research be conducted differently?  Oh, and is the tooth fairy the answer?

 

Move or Die! -Amanda Pitkethly @ New Town Theatre
Aug 11 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Amanda Pitkethly-Move or Die!

According to the British Heart Foundation, inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for premature death from any cause. Inactivity is dangerous! Have you heard this before? Have you been told you need to do more? But who likes being told what to do? We all know we should probably do more, but do we want to? Are you frustrated that people you know don’t do what they know they should. What would motivate us to change? Dr Amanda Pitkethly (Edinburgh Napier University) has some life-changing ideas and practical suggestions!

Aug
12
Mon
2019
Reading is bad for you! – Daphne Loads @ New Town Theatre
Aug 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Daphne Loads-Reading is bad for you!

How do you read? Drowning in neverending email? Rapidly devouring whodunnits, then immediately forgetting them? Perhaps you are seduced by clickbait or read the news and get depressed? Do you cherrypick political statements to find only what you want to hear, then suspiciously pick apart whatever the other side says?

The ways we read today are often unhealthy. But there is another way. Medieval monks used to read slowly, with body, heart and soul. Find out how and try it for yourself. Join Dr Daphne Loads [University of Edinburgh] for some Divine Reading.

Pants on Fire!-Faye Skelton @ New Town Theatre
Aug 12 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Faye Skelton- Pants on Fire!

Do you think you could spot a liar? Many people believe there are tell-tale signs that show somebody is lying, and some even claim to be ‘human lie-detectors’. A suspect’s behaviour can determine how they are questioned, and influence jurors’ verdicts. Modern scientific techniques are even being used to spot lies in the brain, and have been presented as evidence in court cases. But how good really are these methods at detecting lies? Are we risking the freedom of innocent people? Join Faye Skelton (Edinburgh Napier University) to find out what psychology has to say.

Aug
13
Tue
2019
Build Your Own Football Club, IRL!- Mason Robbins @ New Town Theatre
Aug 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Mason Robbins-Build Your Own Football Club, IRL!

Have you taken your team to the Champions League Final in Football Manager? Is this all it takes to go pro? Mason Robbins (The University of Edinburgh – FC Barcelona partnership) reckons it might be. You’ll get to make all the decisions involved with building a €1 billion football club. Will your digital nous help you rake in the cash? Will you nail that all-important partnership? Will Brexit wreck the lot? Come and do your best – or your worst…

 

Who Owns History? -Rachel Hosker and Anne-Marie Scott @ New Town Theatre
Aug 13 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Rachel Hosker and Anne-Marie Scott-Who Owns History?

Who decides what and who gets remembered? And how?  Who owns our historical records, and should they? Rachel Hosker and Anne-Marie Scott (The University of Edinburgh) explore the, at times, dark recesses of the information captured in our archives.  Who owns, uses and manages this information? Why is some information disclosed, whilst other material is not? Who is in charge of our memories as individuals, families, and communities? The history of our archives is one of activism, subversion, trust, appropriation of culture, and representation through the information we keep; the future may be the looming digital disaster!

 

Aug
14
Wed
2019
This Show Will Make You Sharper!- Alan Gow @ New Town Theatre
Aug 14 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Alan Gow-This Show Will Make You Sharper!

Staying sharp as you age is easy… just “eat this super-berry”, “do these five simple things” or “play this game to beat dementia”! But what if it’s not as simple as the hype suggests? If we need to put in a bit of effort to keep our brains healthy, would we be willing to do that, and do we even know what those challenging things might be? Join Alan Gow (Heriot-Watt University) to explore what we know about how our thinking skills change as we age, and what we might do to stay sharp.

Aug
15
Thu
2019
OK Computer or Paranoid Android? -Thusha Rajendran @ New Town Theatre
Aug 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Thusha Rajendran –OK Computer or Paranoid Android?

Psychologist Thusha Rajendran (Heriot-Watt University) tackles controversies around new technologies. Will our future be utopian or dystopian? Do our digital lives allow us to be true to ourselves, or are we suffering an identity crisis? Can iPads damage your children’s brains? Will robots take our jobs? Can you fall in love with your operating system? Can AI learn about aesthetics and style? Can you form a real attachment to your robot dog? Is it worth chipping yourself? What do these technologies mean for our evolution and what do our techno-fears reveal about us?

 

 

Neglecting Midwives Gives Mothers PTSD- Jenny Patterson @ New Town Theatre
Aug 15 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Jenny Patterson-Neglecting Midwives Gives Mothers PTSD

The NHS are getting it wrong! Funny? No! Laughable? Maybe! Jenny Patterson (Edinburgh Napier University) hits out at the NHS for neglecting midwives and heartlessly letting women suffer – almost like trauma-stressed war veterans. Neglected midwives can end up lashing out or burning out, leaving some women feeling shocked and abandoned. Sadly, both midwives and women can end up with PTSD. Do midwives need to toughen up? Do women? Jenny doesn’t pull her punches and says: “Never mind the women, what about the midwives?”.

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Can Google Really Translate? -Paola Ruffo @ New Town Theatre
Aug 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Paola Ruffo-Can Google Really Translate?

What does it mean to be a human in the era of Google Translate? Is it really taking over human translation? What if it isn’t just words after all? Can machines replicate human feelings and language nuances?  Paola Ruffo (Heriot-Watt University) explores how the boundaries between humans, words and machines are being redrawn. Join her at the edges of the magic world of translation to discover what happens when humans and machines meet new languages. Can you tell the difference between a text from a human and one written by a machine?

Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism- Thomas Bak @ New Town Theatre
Aug 16 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Thomas Bak-Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism

When it comes to sex, drugs and bilingualism, we fool ourselves if we believe we are objective, claims Thomas Bak (The University of Edinburgh). These topics touch our social, moral and religious values as well as deep emotions, including the fear of the ‘loss of control’. Beneath the surface of seemingly rational scientific debates rages a war for our souls. So, let’s give up the illusion of ‘objective science’, admit that everybody is wrong (at least occasionally) and look together behind the scenes of the passionately fought ‘bilingualism wars’ to find out why we love/hate languages.

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Creative People Need Data! – Nicola Osborne @ New Town Theatre
Aug 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Nicola Osborne-Creative People Need Data!

Nicola Osborne (#CreativeInformatics, The University of Edinburgh) reckons that data-driven technologies are inspiring new and unexpected opportunities for creative people and organisations to think about what they do, how they do it and how they make a living from doing what they love. Data will shape media, performance, crafts, whole new cultural experiences, and forms of value. Do you agree? Do you know what data-driven technologies are? Is this all promising too much? Bring wild ideas, questions, or your (data-driven) heckles!

“A wonderfully witty and engaging speaker” **** (BroadwayBaby 2017)

Art is Shit-Ron O’Donnell @ New Town Theatre
Aug 17 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Ron O’Donnell-Art is Shit

Portrait of Ron O’Donnell

What is art and should we fund it? Have you ever thought: “What the f**k is that? People pay money for that? A two-year old could do it!”.  We’re talking art with Ron O’Donnell (Edinburgh Napier University).

Who decides what is valuable, or creative? Do you need to be educated to understand it? Would you despair if a great artwork was destroyed? Would you give a shit if all contemporary art disappeared tomorrow? If art is an act of expressing feelings, thoughts, and observation, why is so much of it baffling and aloof?

Aug
18
Sun
2019
Are Children Wild Enough? -Nina Morris @ New Town Theatre
Aug 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Nina Morris-Are Children Wild Enough?

Are today’s children too disconnected from nature? Are we over-protective of young people?  Do we need to re-wild childhood? Commentators suggest that contemporary lifestyles are detrimental not just to children’s health and happiness, but also, their understanding of, and relationship with, nature. Words are disappearing from their mental dictionaries and they’re more able to identify Pokémon species than animals. But what is ‘nature’ and where is ‘the wild’? How might we redress this supposed imbalance? Nina Morris (The University of Edinburgh) argues the case for a wilder childhood.

 

 

Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism- Thomas Bak @ New Town Theatre
Aug 18 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Thomas Bak-Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism

When it comes to sex, drugs and bilingualism, we fool ourselves if we believe we are objective, claims Thomas Bak (The University of Edinburgh). These topics touch our social, moral and religious values as well as deep emotions, including the fear of the ‘loss of control’. Beneath the surface of seemingly rational scientific debates rages a war for our souls. So, let’s give up the illusion of ‘objective science’, admit that everybody is wrong (at least occasionally) and look together behind the scenes of the passionately fought ‘bilingualism wars’ to find out why we love/hate languages.

Aug
19
Mon
2019
Disgust For Dummies -Anna Sedda @ New Town Theatre
Aug 19 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Anna Sedda-Disgust For Dummies

What do dirty floors and corruption in high places have in common? They are both revolting. The feeling of disgust evolved to protect us from contamination and harm, being it physical or moral. However, stigma is the price we pay for this protection. Are these disgust feelings an immovable reality or can we control them, and fight stigma? Is our moral compass regulated by the same mechanisms that prevent us from drinking expired milk? Can Anna Sedda (Heriot-Watt University) persuade you to accept what previously repulsed you?

Are You a Problem Addict?- Rayya Ghul @ New Town Theatre
Aug 19 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Rayya Ghul-Are You a Problem Addict?

Problems are like whirlpools – they suck you in.  How often have you found yourself talking over and over about the same ‘difficult’ people and other irritations?  What if you don’t actually need to understand a problem to come up with a great solution?  This is the radical idea at the heart of Solution Focus.

Rayya Ghul (The University of Edinburgh), internationally-renowned solution-focused practitioner, will bust myths about the value of problem-solving.  You’ll have a chance to learn the skills behind conversations that can create real and lasting change.  Are you ready to give up stressing?

 

Aug
20
Tue
2019
Long Live the Cat Ladies? -Anna Schneider @ New Town Theatre
Aug 20 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Anna Schneider –Long Live the Cat Ladies?

In our twenties, an independent lifestyle seems liberating. In our thirties, making new friends becomes trickier: everyone’s busy with work/family/relationships. At the end of life, about one in three people live alone in Scotland. Depressing, eh? With sinking marriage and high divorce rates, with serial monogamy and fixed term contracts that make long-term planning hard, the outlook’s not getting better – unless we find new ways of living together. Anna Schneider (Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland; Edinburgh Napier University) argues that adopting a litter of cats to keep us company is not the solution.

 

Don’t Bank on the Bankers- Rachel Findlay @ New Town Theatre
Aug 20 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Rachel Findlay-Don’t Bank on the Bankers

A decade on from the financial crash, Rachel Findlay (Edinburgh Napier University) explores how bankers shafted us, crashing their banks and our economies; how they got it so badly wrong, and what they could have done differently. The mechanisms behind the worst crash since 1929 are laid bare, with blame suitably apportioned to those in charge – politicians, bankers and regulators.  A combination of sophisticated information technology and greed led to banks offering loans to many who should never have been enticed into debt.  Yet this didn’t happen in every country; some were spared the pain.

 

Aug
21
Wed
2019
Don’t you smile at me! -Jule Hildmann @ New Town Theatre
Aug 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Jule Hildmann-Don’t you smile at me!

Our world is getting colder – emotionally. We excel in hate crime and shit storms rather than giving each other a warm, feel-good glow. Loneliness and socially-related mental health issues are prevailing throughout Western society.

We know from research in education and leadership easy ways to inspire and nurture the people around us, but Jule Hildmann (The University of Edinburgh) reckons most people would rather be grumpy. Why bother anyway?

Aug
22
Thu
2019
Thinking Outside the (Penalty) Box -Neil Speirs @ New Town Theatre
Aug 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Neil Speirs-Thinking Outside the (Penalty) Box

How do you inspire the kids that just don’t want to learn? A critical pedagogy that uses real-life examples can help, says Neil Speirs (The University of Edinburgh), who reckons that the positive and negative life experiences of footballers – sometimes not the most obvious academic role models out there – can work for many young people. More Messi and Ronaldo might just be the answer. The result is a relevant curriculum for everyone, while filling our classrooms with the joy and hope of the beautiful game and its finest exponents.

 

Fake News Kills World! -Richard Milne @ New Town Theatre
Aug 22 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Richard Milne –Fake News Kills World!

Before going mainstream in 2016, fake news was principally used to attack climate science.  Richard Milne (The University of Edinburgh) sets about busting those climate myths, showing how to dismantle false claims with logic and analogies – no expertise necessary!  You’ll examine tactics used by opponents of climate science, and their close similarities to those employed to promote Brexit and Trump, often by the exact same people.  No matter how scary climate change may be, might fake news kill the planet first?

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Don’t Believe Your Ears! -Rebekka Puderbaugh @ New Town Theatre
Aug 23 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Rebekka Puderbaugh –Don’t Believe Your Ears!

Did Grover drop an F-bomb on Sesame Street? Do the names Yanny and Laurel make you want to fight? You know what your ears tell you – you heard it yourself! But why do so many people disagree? How can people can hear radically different things in the same sound? Who’s right? Can even a professional linguist say for sure? Pit your ears against your friends’ and neighbours’ and let’s settle this once and for all. Using acoustic trickery Rebekka Puderbaugh (The University of Edinburgh) will make you doubt reality and distrust everything (you think) you hear.

Obesity Bankrupted Our NHS!-Richard Kyle @ New Town Theatre
Aug 23 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Richard Kyle –Obesity Bankrupted Our NHS!

Dr Richard Kyle, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care

Too many of us are obese. Too many nurses are obese. It’s a fatal combination and the NHS is struggling under the weight. Obesity is something we just can’t afford. For every £100 spent on the NHS, a fiver is spent on obesity. In a decade, it’ll be a tenner. That’s £12 billion a year – enough to double the number of nurses in the NHS. Join Richard Kyle (Edinburgh Napier University) for a controversial take on the choice we face: pay up or slim down?

Aug
24
Sat
2019
Fake News Kills World!-Richard Milne @ New Town Theatre
Aug 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Richard Milne -Fake News Kills World!

Before going mainstream in 2016, fake news was principally used to attack climate science.  Richard Milne (The University of Edinburgh) sets about busting those climate myths, showing how to dismantle false claims with logic and analogies – no expertise necessary!  You’ll examine tactics used by opponents of climate science, and their close similarities to those employed to promote Brexit and Trump, often by the exact same people.  No matter how scary climate change may be, might fake news kill the planet first?

 

Does Sex Still sell? -Kat Rezai @ New Town Theatre
Aug 24 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Kat Rezai- Does Sex Still sell?

Women have been portrayed as sexual objects in advertising for many years. Recently, female Instagram influencers [adopted by brands] depict sexualisation as a stance of individualistic choice and empowerment. In other words they are empowered through the notion of individualistic choice through the power of their bodies. Influencers bring themes of sexualisation to branded content product themes such as weight-loss, clothing, lingerie, teeth-whiteners other beauty items. Influencers often use self-sexualised images to promote the respective sponsored branded product. Researcher Kat Rezai (Edinburgh Napier University) questions: are Instagram ads just one more way of selling self-objectification?

Aug
25
Sun
2019
Obesity Bankrupted Our NHS!-Richard Kyle @ New Town Theatre
Aug 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Richard Kyle –Obesity Bankrupted Our NHS!

Dr Richard Kyle, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care

Too many of us are obese. Too many nurses are obese. It’s a fatal combination and the NHS is struggling under the weight. Obesity is something we just can’t afford. For every £100 spent on the NHS, a fiver is spent on obesity. In a decade, it’ll be a tenner. That’s £12 billion a year – enough to double the number of nurses in the NHS. Join Richard Kyle (Edinburgh Napier University) for a controversial take on the choice we face: pay up or slim down?

Blame It On the Algorithm!-Mhairi Aitken @ New Town Theatre
Aug 25 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Mhairi Aitken -Blame It On the Algorithm!

Algorithms and artificial intelligence can determine your mortgage application, drive a car, find you a soulmate and even diagnose your health conditions. Dr Mhairi Aitken (Newcastle University) asks: do we really need human intelligence anymore?

Computers could replace your doctor; find cures to rare conditions; tell schools which children need extra support; tell prospective employers which candidates are lowest risk; identify illegal immigrants from scanning their faces; they could even decide where drones should drop bombs.

Computers might know what they can do, but who can say what they should do?