Dr George McGavin to sign Monkey Planet DVDs

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Our headline speaker Dr George McGavin will be signing copies of his newest BBC documentary, Monkey Planet, for An Evening of Science and Reason at The University of Central Lancashire on the 6th of June. Come along if like us you are fascinated by everything that science and the natural world has to offer, or if you just love the cute and hairy faces of the other members of our primate family!

Dr George McGavin’s Monkey Planet on BBC

Are you coming to An Evening of Science and Reason with Dr George McGavin, Dr Robert Asher, Matt Dickinson and all of our wonderful student volunteers? I hope so! To introduce you to one of our speakers, here’s a short video of one of the many fascinating – and in the case of this short clip very amusing – documentaries that George has been involved in. If you’d like to come along get your free ticket HERE.

An Evening of Science and Reason

 

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An Evening of Science and Reason

The University of Central Lancashire

Friday, 6th June, (Darwin Building Lecture Theatre), 1700 – 2100

Organised by Glen Carrigan, University of Central Lancashire

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Come along to An Evening of Science and Reason on the 6th of June with Dr George McGavin, Dr Robert Asher and Matt Dickinson at the University of Central Lancashire’s 3d Lecture Theatre in Darwin Building (DBLT). The Theatre has featured various well known scientists in the past such as Professor Richard Dawkins and many others including most recent, Professor Robin Dunbar. So come along and be part of what promises to be and interesting and entertaining event.


Schedule

  • 1700        Doors open, meet and greet by Science and Reason staff and exhibitions
  • 1800        Dr George McGavin “Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions”
  • 1900        Dr Robert Asher “Evolution, Reason, and Religion”
  • 2000       Matt Dickinson “The Science of Superheroes”
  • 2100        Glen Carrigan “Thanks and closing remarks”

 


 

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Memories in the Making; Neuroscientists Observe Memory Formation

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mouse brain For the first time in history, neuroscientists are observing memory formation and transmission around the brain of a mammal. Developing on advances in the field of RNA research , this astounding discovery really does reveal how this particular function of the brain might work.

Memory is a complex cognitive process comprising many different facets. Before we have a memory (that which we can reconstruct) it has to be encoded in the brain in some way. This is an ever-changing process that is not entirely understood but what we do know is that an initial phase of encoding must take place; this can involve visual, auditory, olfactory perception and more, with a system of storage following its receipt.

This need to store the memory leads to the alteration of molecular structures in the brain including synapses – think of them as radio antennas, one transmitting a particular signal that needs to hop…

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