Not only has swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, help stroke victims communicate, and encourage people to work together as a team. Emma Byrne, science communicator and AI specialist, presents a spirited defence of strong words.
While there will be some strong language, Dr Emma Byrne is not just a potty mouth. The talk will make you think about the ways that your brain processes your experience, and how that sometimes makes you do odd things. There will be talk of chilly fingers, chanting football fans, and chimpanzees, as we explore why swearing is so special.
Dr Emma Byrne is a scientist, journalist, and public speaker. Her BBC Radio 4 ‘Four Thought’ episode was selected as one of the ‘best of 2013’ by the programme’s editors. She has appeared at venues as diverse as the Royal Institution and the Backyard Comedy Club. Enthusiastic, engaging, and entertaining, she delights in bringing an insider’s view from the lab.
Friday 26 October
Venue: The Forum, Gallery
Age: Adults only (language)
Tickets go off-sale 15 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at The Forum’s ticket office on the day. All attendees need a ticket.