In this unmissable talk, Dean Buonomano, a leading neuroscientist and professor at UCLA will investigate the relationship between the brain and time: What is time? Why does time seem to speed up or slow down? Is our sense that time flows an illusion? Dean will also present his own influential theory of how the brain tells time, and in the process illuminate such concepts as free will, consciousness, spacetime and relativity from the perspective of a neuroscientist. Drawing on physics, evolutionary biology and philosophy, he will show that the brain’s ultimate purpose may be to predict the future—and thus that your brain is a time machine. Read more.
How to… Stand Up. Always wanted to try stand-up comedy but too scared to give it a go? Looking for the ultimate confidence boost? Have a go at stand-up in a relaxed, no-pressure environment. Learn the tricks of the trade which can be applied in any public speaking situation. And unlock your natural funniness. (We all have some. No, really, we do.) A fun, joyful workshop taught by comedian and writer, Viv Groskop, winner of Maestro Improv 2012 and Funny Women Finalist 2012. Until a few years ago Viv had never done stand-up so she knows exactly what it’s like to be terrified – and overcome that feeling. Her book, I Laughed, I Cried about doing 100 gigs in 100 nights (“heroic” – The Times) is all about sticking two fingers up to the things in life you’re scared of. And that’s the true spirit of stand-up. Viv has performed alongside Michael McIntyre, Sandi Toksvig, Lucy Porter and Jenny Eclair and her 2013 Edinburgh show got a five-star review. “Viv is brilliant” – Jo Brand. Who is this for? Anyone who wants to have a go at stand-up with no pressure in a relaxed, happy environment – learn the basics of joke writing and find out what’s funny about you personally – learn some tricks of the trade from stand-up comedy which can be applied in work situations – people who want to put a flavour of stand-up comedy into their public speaking- if you can do a minute of stand-up, you can do anything. (This is not suitable for people who know that they actually want to become stand-up comedians) Read more.