In "When Chimps are smarter than People", I look at subjects as varied as world terrorism and marathon times for the over 60's, and explain how our minds are "hard-wired" to give us wrong answers. I suggest ways we can recognise these when they occur; and argue that the world is in better shape than we think!
"Superb!" - John West, Chair, Havant U3A.
"Thought provoking. One of the best talks we have attended recently".
"You felt you were participating and not just sitting and listening".
In "Evolution and Natural Selection", I take a whistle stop tour through life's evolution on Earth, outline some of the evidence for it, and explain why Robinson Crusoe didn't eat beef!
"Absolutely Excellent" - Hazel Stent, retired teacher.
"Easy to understand"; "Extremely informative and thought provoking".
In "Anyone can do it - a beginner's guide to Science", I look at why we need science, the simple steps that scientists follow, how to tell good science from bad; and how to recognise things that pretend to be science but aren't! Along the way I ask: How sure are we that the sun will rise tomorrow? Is Evolution a theory or a fact? Does "standing tall" for two minutes before an interview really improve your chances of getting the job?
"Fantastic!" - Geoff Worthington (Website and internal publicity, Havant U3A)
"The right amount and level of information" - Jo Derham (Chair, Waterlooville U3A)
"Really interesting and informative"
"Made me want to read about science issues"