• Geek Chic live at the Soho Theatre

    The fortnightly podcast I’ve been doing for the past three years, which explores the most bizarre, thought-provoking and unusual recent findings from the world of science, along with my delicious co-host Lliana Bird, went live over the course of summer 2017.

    We recorded Geek Chic’s Weird Science in front of live audiences at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June and in July at both Latitude Festival and WOMAD. These all seemed to go down so well (we had a 50 person long queue to get into the WOMAD Physics Pavillion!) that we decided to keep up the momentum with live events in and around London over the next few months. At the end of October this all kicked off with the Science of Vampires.

    So, on Monday 23rd Oct at 7:30pm we finally made our West End debut! We recorded a Halloween Vampire Special at the Soho Theatre with special guests – mortician Carla Valentine and “The Prof Of Goth” Professor Nick Groom. Towards the end of the show we even had a real-life vampire up on stage causing havoc. Vlad the Impaler – aka Noel Fielding – was a particular treat. It’s worth listening to just for the verbal jousting between vampire himself and our lovely mortician!

    In this 60 minute special (which you can listen to by clicking here) we explored where the idea of vampires came from, discussed why vampires trigger the fear circuitry of the brain so perfectly and considered some of the real-life medical conditions that might have been mistaken for vampires.

    We debated why vampires were able to penetrate so deeply into the heart of popular culture AND we’ll find out if fresh blood really can help to keep us young and virile?

    In addition to these monthly blogs, I regularly post brain news on my twitter account (@drjacklewis), do a fortnightly science podcast (Geek Chic’s Weird Science) and present a TV series called Secrets of the Brain on Insight TV (Sky channel 564).

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