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‘The Evolution of Truth’ at the Royal Institution

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I chaired a couple of talks at the Royal Institution at the beginning of the month, with Evan Davis and Richard Byrne.

Here is a somewhat upside-down action shot taken from the balcony, of the three of us during the Q&A at the end of the session.

Both talks were a fascinating insight into deception. First of all Richard Byrne spoke about primates and whether they have any understanding of the deception they sometimes practice, and then Evan spoke about bullshit, what it is, and why it’s suddenly an important force in global politics.

There was a lively Q&A afterwards with lots of people interested to know what we can do about the post-truth reality we now seem to live in.

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Hello!

Rachel Wheeley - towel day 2017Rachel Wheeley is a comedian, psychology graduate and podcaster with comedy science podcast Level Up Human.

She was a senior studio director for the BBC, producing live news programmes like Today and comedy shows like The Vote Now Show during the 2015 general election. She left the Beeb in 2016.

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Rachel has a history of science show called Dead Talks which tours science and music festivals with the Science Showoff Talent Factory. She also runs an annual celebration of The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy called Stand Up For Towel Day.

Sticky imageRachel writes about smart phone addiction after she walked into a lamp post whilst trying to put a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gif on an email and realised she had a problem.

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Rachel performs with Ugly Animal Preservation Society and Science Showoff, is an MC and headliner for Bright Club and has performed at Glastonbury, the Royal Institution and the Science Museum.

She is taking a split show to Edinburgh festival in the summer about how she grew up at Eton College. There will be stories about how she was once in a play with Eddie Redmayne and entirely failed to get of with Prince William. More details