A Pod Delusion/Little Atoms fundraiser for London's Resonance FM

James O'Malley & Neil Denny

When?
Monday, February 10 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

25 Red Lion Square,
London,
WC1R 4RL

Who?
James O'Malley & Neil Denny

What's the talk about?

 Two musical panel discussions, curated by two different radio shows to raise money for Resonance 104.4 FM, London's only, and the world's first arts radio station that has been broadcasting since 2002.

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THE POD DELUSION PRESENTS...
 
Revolution Rock: Can Music Smash The System?
 
It has been over 30 years since the first wave of punk, and yet here we are in 2014 with an aristocratic Prime Minister, an ideological assault on the poor and war in the Middle East. For years we've heard musicians aspire to change the world - but have they, and can they actually achieve anything?
 
Joining James O'Malley to discuss these issues are punk commentator Andy Waterfield, "Colour Me Wednesday" vocalist Jen Doveton, and the tubthumping anarchists Boff Whalley & Dunstan Bruce from Chumbawamba. And maybe one or two others too.
 
Followed by...
 
LITTLE ATOMS PRESENTS...
 
Is Music Journalism in a Critical Condition?
 
The UK music scene once supported four weekly music papers, which wielded the power to form the musical agenda in a way that's unimaginable today. Of these, only the NME staggers on in managed decline, along with an ever dwindling number of monthly magazines.
 
The changing ways we consume music and the rise of the internet have radically changed the musical landscape, and perhaps this is a good thing. Those weeklies were notoriously bad at covering certain genres, and the internet has enabled a much wider range of writers to share the music they love. On the other hand it has yet to find a reliable way to pay them to do so. Are the days of making a living from music journalism over?
 
Joining Neil Denny to explore this question, and to share tales of private jets and rainy nights at the Northampton Roadmender, are the journalists Andrew Mueller, Jude Rogers, David Stubbs and more TBC
 
Doors at 7pm, starting 7:30pm. There is no need to bring a physical ticket - we'll have names on a list. There will be a bar! This event is being promoted jointly with Soho Skeptics.

It's The Smallest Details That Count

Professor Peter John

When?
Monday, November 25 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

213 Strand,
London,
WC2R 1AP

Who?
Professor Peter John

What's the talk about?

Professor Peter John will talk about his experiments with information, nudges and the internet, showing how small nudges can have large effects. Some of these are reported in his co-authored book, Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think, published by Bloomsbury. He is interested in how very small changes in the design of institutions or information systems can make a big difference to our communities, in particular by allowing what he calls social information to create bandwagon effects. After all it was social media that help create the Arab Spring, and in similar ways we can e-petition or mobilise to get things done…provided other people notice.

Tickets £5 from https://sohonudge.eventbrite.co.uk/ 

Simon Singh

When?
Monday, November 11 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
London,
WC2R 1AP

Who?
Simon Singh

What's the talk about?

 Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’, will discuss his forthcoming book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’. He will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity in various episodes of The Simpsons.Singh will also discuss how the writers of Futurama have similarly made it their mission to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

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Helen Czerski

When?
Wednesday, September 4 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
London,
WC2R 1AP

Who?
Helen Czerski

What's the talk about?

The structure of our waking hours is shaped almost entirely by science and technology.   But  in many ways, we are more and more distant from the physical world around us.   How much is it worth understanding what your TV does and why an explosive molecule is also a blood pressure drug?  And how should we learn this stuff?

Helen Czerski is a physicist who thinks that our daily environment is a science toy box, and that playing with its treasures isn’t just a luxury.  These toys give us the scientific foundation needed for some of society’s biggest decisions.

Tickets £5 from Eventbrite

Dr Alex Salam

When?
Wednesday, August 14 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
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WC2R 1AP

Who?
Dr Alex Salam

What's the talk about?

 Sometime this century, humans will (attempt) to set foot on Mars. Apart from the technical challenges, the physical and psychological threats to the crew will be without precedent.Severe derangements of numerous physiological processes will occur.

The psychological state of the crew will, without a doubt, also heavily influence the chances of mission success. Prolonged separation from loved ones and our home, planet Earth, will place immense emotional strains on the crew.A life devoid of Earth’s colors, sounds, and smells, will lead to sensory deprivation and monotony. Altered circadian rhythms and disturbed sleep patterns will result in cognitive and motor impairment. Endless months confined to a small habitable volume will test the patience, stability and diplomacy of even the most highly trained astronauts.

The effect of stress and the spaceflight environment on behavioural health is increasingly being recognised as a critical factor that might ultimately determine the success of long duration space missions. Drawing on his experience in extreme isolation and confinement, Dr Salam will discuss these and other issues.

Dr Alex Salam is an infectious diseases and extreme environment doctor. He graduated in medicine in 2003, and following training in a number of clinical specialities, he left the comforts of civilisation in 2008 and took on the role of the European Space Agency Human Spaceflight Medicine Research MD at Concordia station on the high Antarctic plateau, the coldest most remote research base on the planet. There, he spent 13 months researching the effects of extreme isolation and confinement on the human immune system, sleep and behaviour, as relevant to long duration deep space missions. Despite temperatures below -80C, unrelenting darkness, and only 11 other lonely souls, he left with all of his digits and most of his mind intact.

Since returning he has been working with NASA’s Behavioural Health and Performance Element, NASA’s Habitable Volume Community of Practice, and the European Astronaut Centre, focusing on behavioural issues related to living under intense stress. His search for extreme experiences has taken him deep into the jungle, high into the mountains and most recently microgravity in a free falling jumbo jet. His interests also span the interface between science and design, and he has worked with artists and designers including Tomas Saraceno, Nelly Ben Hayoun and Louise Wilson. Dr Salam is currently taking a sabbatical from his clinical practice in London, and studying for a masters in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where he is researching the effects of acute stress on social behaviour.

Tickets £5 can be bought from Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6177839083/

When?
Wednesday, July 17 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
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WC2R 1AP

Who?
Helen Arney, Rob Wells & Oliver Meech

What's the talk about?

 

Eventbrite - Skeptical previews - a night of comedy

 Domestic Science – Helen Arney and Rob Wells

Comedians, science geeks and real life couple Helen Arney and Rob Wells present an hour of home-cooked experiments and comedy. Marvel as they investigate cosmological conundrums, solve microscopic mysteries and explore the universe whilst attempting to maintain their own domestic bliss.

Fingers crossed then.

★★★★ ”beautiful, surreal and highly entertaining… surprisingly educational whilst remaining relentlessly comedic.” (Broadway Baby)

domesticsciencecomedy.com

@DomesticScience
 
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OLIVER MEECH: WHEN MAGIC AND SCIENCE COLLIDE
 
Magic Boffin Oliver Meech meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It’s the Natural Selection!
 
 
“could rival superstar Derren Brown” Theatre Wales
**** “funny, endearing, impressive showmanship” ThreeWeeks
“real gasps of awe”  Broadway Baby
 
 
Recommended: Metro and Time Out.
Magic Consultant: Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic
Sell-out performances: Brighton FringeOxford Fringe and Green Man Festival.
 
Oliver Meech studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, Creativity at top London ad agencies and Trickery at The Magic Circle. He fuses all three to produce magic that’s “fascinating and different from other magicians” (Girl Who Just Wants To Be Entertained). He performed at the London 2012 Olympics and briefly turned himself into a chicken at the Natural History Museum (no, really). Off-stage, he’s the author of 3 critically-acclaimed magic books. He lives in Kent with his wife, daughter and pet toad.
 
TWITTER: @magicmeech

What can we do about online abuse?

Helen Lewis

When?
Monday, July 8 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
London,
WC2R 1AP

Who?
Helen Lewis

What's the talk about?

 Barely a month goes by without a celebrity becoming the victim of “internet trolls”. But who are the trolls? And can we stop them while protecting free speech? Helen Lewis has seen some shit you wouldn’t believe on 4Chan, and wants to tell you all about it.

Helen Lewis is the deputy editor of the New Statesmen.

WARNING: She’ll be using graphic images, apparently!

You aren’t a guaranteed a seat with your ticket. Doors open at 6pm with the talk starting at 7:30 sharp.

Eventbrite - They See Me Trolling: what can we do about online abuse?

When?
Thursday, June 27 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
London,
WC2R 1AP

Who?
Paul Offit

What's the talk about?

Paul Offit: The sense and nonsense of alternative medicine

At The George, June 27 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets – http://sohojune.eventbrite.co.uk/

Paul A.Offit, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is also co-inventor of of a rotavirus vaccine and a Founding Board Member of the Autism Science Foundation (ASF). He is one of the main figures defending vaccination against accusations that it causes autism.

Paul will be talking about some of the themes in his new book Killing us softly: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine.  As he reveals, alternative medicine is an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks – can actually be harmful to our health.

Dr Offit separates the sense from the nonsense, showing why any therapy – alternative or traditional – should be scrutinised. As he writes, “There’s no such thing as alternative medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t.”

You’ll be able to get a ticket from May 30th at 1pm BST.

There will be two types of tickets:

  • £5 normal entry fee
  • £16.25 which guarantees you a copy of the book plus entry

You don’t need to print your ticket, just give your name on the door.

Alistair Coleman

When?
Wednesday, May 29 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
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WC2R 1AP

Who?
Alistair Coleman

What's the talk about?

Eventbrite - How much do we REALLY know about North Korea?

 

As tensions between the west and Kim Jong Un increase, Journalist and North Korea Watcher Alistair Coleman will be talking about the secretive kingdom and asking how much do we really know about North Korea?

Alistair has worked at BBC Monitoring for 24 years, part of the World Service which watches and analyses the world's open source media. Starting his career as a technician, he specialises in studying media behaviour in North Korea for significant changes in tone that could betray changes in policy.

Alistair is a multiple award-winning blogger who enjoys questioning extremism, idiocy and dubious claims; including political blow-hards, religion, stage psychics, homeopaths and quackery.

John Sweeney

When?
Wednesday, April 10 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
London,
WC2R 1AP

Who?
John Sweeney

What's the talk about?

Eventbrite - John Sweeney: Oh! Scientology! Church Of Fear

John Sweeney recounts his personal experiences and discoveries while investigating the Church of Scientology.

  • Why can disconnecting grannies from grandsons be good?
  • Who is Lord Xenu?
  • Which MP says ‘Scientology is not a cult?’
  • What kind of Church hires private eyes?

Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on and followed and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church's spokesman on camera and his infamous 'exploding tomato' clip was seen by millions around the world. Sweeney tells the full story of his experiences for the first time and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation, from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind's problems. This is the real story of the Church by the reporter who was brave enough to take it on.

John Sweeney is an award-winning journalist and author, currently working as an investigative journalist for the BBC's Panorama series. His  Panorama investigation into Scientology "Scientology and Me", caused a stir after Sweeney lost his temper with Scientologists during the investigation and the footage was leaked online before the BBC programme aired.

Copies of John's book, The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology will be available for purchase at this lecture.

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Robert Llewellyn

When?
Monday, March 25 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
London,
WC2R 1AP

Who?
Robert Llewellyn

What's the talk about?

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Electric cars? They’re rubbish aren’t they?! Nothing but glorified golf carts that take forever to charge and then run out of power on the way to the shops. Try finding somewhere to charge them. They cost a fortune to buy and another fortune to replace the battery when its range drops to half. You don’t want to believe all that nonsense about them being environmentally-friendly. They are actually worse than petrol-powered cars because the batteries are made from dirty lithium and use electricity made from dirtier coal. There isn’t even enough lithium in the world to make all the new batteries we’d need anyway. Electric cars are just rubbish.

 

Aren’t they? – Robert says no. This evening he’ll tell us why he thinks we need to put away our prejudices and think seriously about electric vehicles as the future of transport.


Robert Llewellyn is an actor, writer, comedian, TV presenter and self-described wishy-washy liberal best known for playing the android Kryten in the long-running BBC sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. He presented Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years and these days he can be seen on TV presenting the shows Car-Pool on Dave and How Do They Do It? on Channel 5. He is probably the UK’s most prominent advocate of electric vehicles (EV) and presents a YouTube-based show called Fully Charged which documents current developments in the electric vehicle industry. He also writes a column for the EV website The Charging Point. He has been notably critical of BBC Top Gear’s position on electric vehicles – a case in point being the Top Gear review of the Tesla Roadster in 2008. Tesla Motors response to Top Gear’s review is here. This February he debated the motion “This House Believes Electric Cars are the Future of Transport” at the Oxford Union. The motion was carried.


You can catch up with Robert on Twitter : @bobbyllew

An exploratory evening of music, evolution, patent law and overstretched metaphors.

Adam Rutherford

When?
Thursday, February 14 2013 at 7:30PM

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213 Strand,
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WC2R 1AP

Who?
Adam Rutherford

What's the talk about?

Tickets on sale now: Buy now at http://sohofebruary.eventbrite.com

Copying and adapting is the soul of creativity, and the parallels between evolution and music are striking. With the advent of sampling in the 1960s, and the birth of hip hop in the 70s, the evolution of music fundamentally changed, as musical forms could be lifted directly from any forebearer without instrument-playing skill or direct descent. However, a period of unbridled creativity was soon quashed with the imposition of copyright laws. The new field of synthetic biology is genetic remixing, a deeply creative and youthful science with sampling as its soul, and it faces the same ownership issues that killed hip hop.

Adam Rutherford is a writer and broadcaster, and as a white, English public schoolboy geneticist is eminently qualified to talk about hip hop.

Please note the change from the initially advertised venue - we're now at The George on the Strand