If I was any good at pushing myself I might have mentioned this a bit earlier. Should be fun though, lots of good people, I’m on at about 2pm, after Steve Jones (not worthy etc). I’m expecting a picket of angry nutritionists. Any advice on what I should talk about this time?
Don’t Dumb Me Down used to be kind of my talk standard, but it takes an hour, tricky to abridge in some respects. My only real interest in CAM and nutritionism is the misrepresentation of science in the media, so it’s a shame to focus on them too much, when there’s scare stories and wrong media fluff to talk about, but they do make good small sized packages.
So although I’m a bit bored of nutritionism at the mo, I could do that, it encapsulates a lot of issues, from media, through CAM, and into dangers of ignorance (eg Holford and HIV in South Africa). I really fancy doing a “basics of evidence based medicine” piece, built around how to win an argument on homeopathy? That brings in trial methodology, critical appraisal, cultural role of CAM and trials, it’s the greatest idea of modern history and neglected in schools, and best of all, it sounds really boring, so it’s interesting to try and make it interesting, which I think I can. Also it’s a good solid bit of science to explain that people might not already know.
Anyway, audience of everyday folk interested in science stuff, 20-30 mins then 10-20 mins of questions. I prefer conversations to ranting so I might try and up the questions bit. See you there if you come and do say hi etc.