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Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique Manchester

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

When: 7.30pm on the last Thursday of every month

Where: The MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN 

Date 26 May 2016
Title The evolution of being nice and nasty – From chimpanzees to humans
Speaker Dr Keith Jensen

People are nice to each other. Think of how many people will be buying today’s speaker a drink! We’re also incredibly nasty to each other. (Please don’t do anything to the speaker.) To explore the origins of human kindness and cruelty, Keith Jensen has adapted games developed by economists for children and chimpanzees. Knowing how children share, free-ride on others and punish cheats tells us how we develop our better and worse sides. Work on chimpanzees show that there’s something special about human cooperation.

Date 30 June 2016
Title Cosmetic Procedures: Routine or Extreme?
Speaker Professor Jeanette Edwards

The availability and use of cosmetic procedures to enhance or ‘normalise’ appearance has grown significantly in recent decades. Why is this? Does it matter? What might it mean for society, and for the role and responsibilities of health and scientific professionals? 

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Jeanette Edwards is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and Chair of a current Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on cosmetic procedures. In this session she will outline recent developments in the use and provision of procedures, and discuss the social and ethical questions they raise. She will also be available to talk about some of her own work on biotechnology and ‘bodily enhancement', drawing comparisons between cosmetic procedures in the UK and the Middle East.

Organisers: Bo YaoDeborah Talmi

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