Last night I went to Cafe-scientifique to an evening of discussion with a an biologist who's big thing is aliens. He advises on the x-files and stuff. It was a nice modern venue a bit like what you'd find at the fringe selling high class food and stuff.
Anyway, there was a series of short lectures on Aliens, Biology and Evolution with lots of breaks where we had to chat with the people around us about the topic. On the tables there was paper and pencils- to design an alien (which I obviously did). (The guy used the breaks to try and plug his new book).
We were sitting with a sci-fi expert and a member of the law department at the university and we had a good time with them. They were great fun and like me said that the science bits were a bit beyond them. Sarby felt a bit crushed that even he didn't get all the science bits. Also there were lots of jokes about science teachers being failed scientists. Haha. I remember someone said something once about Drama teachers are failed actors..... Was that you helenbelle?
The thing that really struck us was how nice the people were (they were mostly academics and nerds like hjsb ). I thought it was well worth while even though some of it went over my head. He had lots of visual aids and was very jovial. I even answered one of the questions (psychology). There are more evenings coming up on Hygene 'are we too clean?' and technology.
I feel all intellectual...... if there are any near you- check them out. It was one of the most interesting things I've done since Uni. Thing I remember most was he told us the best way to confuse a creationist was to ask 'Did Adam have a belly button?' or 'Did the trees in the garden of eden have rings?' He said that what ever answer they give it'll be anti-christian. Sadly I can't remember why.....
I appologise for the huge amount of pointless links in this posting. I'm trying to gently mock hjsb :)