Consensus? Entangled Bank – ExCel London – Nov 16,2013 – Science Talks

Nov 15, 2013

On 16 November 2013 ExCel London will host Richard Dawkins, psychologist Richard Wiseman, and palaeontologist Richard Fortey, joined by the extraordinary hirsute polymath and comedian Bill Bailey.


Hosted by Quentin Cooper, former presenter of Radio 4's Material World, the whole-day event comprises individual talks followed by a group discussion entitled 'Evolution, the Meaning of Life, and other Trivial Matters.'

Uber-geek physicist musician Jonny Berliner will play some of his geek-pop tunes, covering such diverse subjects as Alfred Russel Wallace, genetics, and the Higgs boson.

Run by science charity Entangled Bank, the event will raise money for a bronze statue of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discoverer of evolution by natural selection, to stand in London's Natural History Museum. Any excess funds will go to related science charities.

You can even buy tickets for an after-party at the Linnean Society of London, to be attended by the presenters and many other people involved with the 'Wallace 100' celebrations.  It was at the Linnean Society in 1858 that the Darwin and Wallace papers outlining the theory of Evolution by Natural Selection were first read. The world would never be the same again.

Tickets and full details are available via www.entangled-bank.co.uk/consensus

16-Nov-2013 10am – 6pm

Seats prices start at £28. This is a one-off event which will never happen again. Early booking is advised!


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16 comments on “Consensus? Entangled Bank – ExCel London – Nov 16,2013 – Science Talks

  • In reply to #1 by nurnord:

    I detest Bill Bailey…that is all…

    Really? I think he’s very funny. I’ve seen two of his one man shows. Laughed the entire time.
    Hope the show ends up on YouTube.



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    Entangled Bank Events says:

    The Consensus? event was set up, entirely by volunteers working for nothing, to help the Wallace Memorial Fund commission a life-sized bronze statue of Alfred Russel Wallace at London’s Natural History Museum.

    The statue is finally in place! Unveiled by Sir David Attenborough on 7th November, the exact centenary of Wallace’s death. Bill Bailey spoke, and Richard Dawkins kindly turned up as well to lend his support.

    Crafted by acclaimed sculptor Anthony Smith, Wallace is caught in the act of catching a magnificent specimen of his Golden Birdwing Butterfly, Ornithoptera croesus, a similarly metallic version of which has just settled on the façade of the Darwin Centre. It’s a glorious architectural anachronism.

    Bill Bailey is freely giving his time to support the Wallace statue fund and our event. He’s a lovely chap; anyone who ‘detests’ him should come to our after-party and find out for yourself.

    As English mothers used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” But of course that useful sentiment pre-dates the internet.

    Hope to see many of you at the event, it will be an amazing day, never-to-be-repeated!

    Mark



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    phil rimmer says:

    In reply to #1 by nurnord:

    I detest Bill Bailey…that is all…

    But, but…(chin wobbles, eyes tear up)…but…why?

    How was Manny in Black Books not genius?

    How is this not the greatest love song ever?



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    RichardC says:

    I like Bill Bailey, but according a recent article in the Evening Standard he doesn’t like Richard Dawkins: http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/chill-bill-what-beckons-for-mr-bailey-8927320.html

    “When I mention Richard Dawkins, the evangelical atheist and evolutionary biologist with whom he has shared a stage in the past, he comes closest to scathing: ‘When I read The God Delusion, I found it very crude. It was like someone in the playground going “Your favourite band is stupid!” My dad, who’s a doctor and one of the kindest, most compassionate men I’ve ever met, he has faith. I don’t think of him as being stupid at all. I think of him as a great example of how to be.’

    Much as I admire Bill Bailey, this is a ‘crude’ misrepresentation of Dawkins, who has never said that all religious people are ‘stupid’, or argued that you can’t be compassionate if you have faith. You’d have thought that someone as smart as Bailey would be able to put forward a substantial point, to actually address one of Dawkin’s arguments, rather than resort to such a weak strawman attack. I’d love to see Bailey debate Dawkins, to see if he has any real arguments to contribute or whether he only knows how to play the offended card.



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    Gearoidmuar says:

    In reply to #6 by RichardC:

    I like Bill Bailey, but according a recent article in the Evening Standard he doesn’t like Richard Dawkins: http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/chill-bill-what-beckons-for-mr-bailey-8927320.html

    “When I mention Richard Dawkins, the evangelical atheist and evolutionary biologist with who…

    RD is inclined to use the phrase “Only a fool…” : You never persuade anyone with that..
    The kind of thing you will change someone’s mind with is a joke like the following..
    What’s the definition of a religious war? My imaginary friend is more powerful than your imaginary friend.



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    RichardC says:

    Please provide the full context of your partial alleged quote ‘Only a fool’, so that I can see what you mean. In reply to #7 by Gearoidmuar:

    In reply to #6 by RichardC:

    I like Bill Bailey, but according a recent article in the Evening Standard he doesn’t like Richard Dawkins: http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/chill-bill-what-beckons-for-mr-bailey-8927320.html

    “When I mention Richard Dawkins, the evangelical atheist and ev…



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    tejas_gokhale01 says:

    In reply to #6 by RichardC:

    I like Bill Bailey, but according a recent article in the Evening Standard he doesn’t like Richard Dawkins: http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/chill-bill-what-beckons-for-mr-bailey-8927320.html

    “When I mention Richard Dawkins, the evangelical atheist and evolutionary biologist with who…

    TGD WAS really a rant. And by saying, moderate religion bolsters extremism, he HAS implied that all religious people have a stupid side. I like BB as well, but why can’t he see that side of his dad?



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    kenny77 says:

    Thanks. I hadn’t heard that before. It is wonderful, very emotional 🙂

    In reply to #5 by phil rimmer:

    In reply to #1 by nurnord:

    I detest Bill Bailey…that is all…

    But, but…(chin wobbles, eyes tear up)…but…why?

    How was Manny in Black Books not genius?

    How is this not the greatest love song ever?



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    kenny77 says:

    Only once as far as I can tell in TGD :

    “Those people who leap from personal bafflement at a natural
    phenomenon straight to a hasty invocation of the supernatural are
    no better than the fools who see a conjuror bending a spoon and
    leap to the conclusion that it is’paranormal’. “

    Broadly speaking what he’s saying here is that people who are willing to jump to illogical conclusions are fools.
    Which seems to me to be a fair statement. However, if you happen to believe in supernatural things, I’m sure you will find this offensive.

    What I like about TGD , is that often it’s just shining a light on the reality, and then reasoning logically about it, which in the case of religion makes it a funny point.

    My personal favorite :

    Statement from Aquinus :

    “Humans can be both good and bad,so the maximum goodness
    cannot rest in us.Therefore there must be some other maximum to set the standard for perfection,and we call that
    maximum God.”

    Reply from Richard Dawkins :

    ” That’s an argument ? You might as well say ,people vary in smelliness but we can make the comparison only by reference to a perfect
    maximum of conceivable smelliness.Therefore there must exist a pre-eminently peerless stinker,and we call him God.”

    People who believe in God may be offended by this, but Richard only made that point to show how silly the argument is, with comical effects.

    In reply to #8 by RichardC:

    Please provide the full context of your partial alleged quote ‘Only a fool’, so that I can see what you mean. In reply to #7 by Gearoidmuar:

    In reply to #6 by RichardC:

    I like Bill Bailey, but according a recent article in the Evening Standard he doesn’t like Richard Dawkins: http://www.standard….



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  • In reply to #7 by Gearoidmuar:
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    RD is inclined to use the phrase “Only a fool…” : You never persuade anyone with that..

    The Bible is replete with name-calling, including calling people fools. That tactic seems to have worked pretty well for its believers.



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    Alan4discussion says:

    In reply to #7 by Gearoidmuar:

    RD is inclined to use the phrase “Only a fool…” You never persuade anyone with that..

    That depends on if you are trying to change the mind of the fool – or the mind of the audience!
    Fools, – especially those with bigoted closed minds, are not susceptible to change.

    Sometimes we need to recognise this and let the world move on, leaving them, and their foolishness, behind!



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    Mr DArcy says:

    The actual event was brilliant. Educational, serious, funny, entertaining, stimulating and some brilliant music too. I enjoyed all the speakers including Bill Bailey who was very good, and funny with it.

    Well done to all who organised the event.



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    Quitefrank says:

    “Richard the quick unbeliever
    runs after each kind of deceiver…
    But natural selection
    Resolves the deception…
    Richard’s again the retriever!”



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