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QEDcon: Day 1


qedconThis weekend I’ve come to Manchester, for the first time ever, to QEDcon!

It’s just kicked off and it’s all very exciting. George Hrab is our host all day and Bruce Hood has now taken the stage.

Our hostel is pretty good – I’m staying with 7 nerdy guys (aren’t they lucky!) and actually, having remembered my ear plugs, slept ok!

It’s surprisingly warm up here; every opportunity, the fact we’re in THE NORTH is mentioned. It’s also raining – we did not expect that at all.

The main hall is impressive (will put some photos up later!) but Ian has pointed out that the chandelier is flickering and now that’s all I can see. Alex has also stolen my twitter, while I ran to the bathroom, and virtually assaulted Rhys. But I am using his netbook, so fair enough I suppose.

There is also a very authentic model Dalek in the corner.

Ooh, Bruce is talking about how the public don’t trust scientists – a subject close to my heart of course. And why people have such strong tendencies to believe weird things – it’s all because of how our brains have evolved.

Hecklers! “Prove it!” – bit of an in-joke there it seems.

Anyway, I’m going to listen a bit more now. More later!


An extensive review of the day from Paul Jenkins

Author: noodlemaz

I prefer to think of myself as a realist rather than a pessimist, but perhaps that's just optimistic. Honest, atheist, scientist, feminist.

6 thoughts on “QEDcon: Day 1

  1. I’m so not jealous. In fact, I don’t believe you’re even there. I think that this “Manchester” is just another scam we’re being sold by the woo-mongers. George Hrab is definitely an urban legend.

    Hope it’s fun!

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