Right. I’m back to a more regular schedule of actually blogging in my blog now. I’ve been struggling rather pathetically through quite a mild illness recently, and have intermittently been distracted by my very lovely girlfriend, who is still more interesting than you lot. But there’s a place for you all in my busy life, with some better time management on my part, so don’t get jealous.
Anyway. Here’s the first of a few things I would have been writing about here recently, had I not been coughing violently and/or in an actual time-consuming grown-up relationship: Bruce Hood will be presenting the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Good news, everybody!
These lectures happen every year, spread over several days around Christmas time, and have an illustrious history stretching back as far as my early childhood. In fact, I’m told they may even have started before that time, with some bloke called Michael Faraday. They’re generally made and presented with children in mind, and the bulk of the audience tends to be kids eager to volunteer for the hands-on experiments, but they’re wonderfully informative and engaging for anyone with an interest in whatever field of study they focus on, or simply in learning about the world.
And Bruce Hood is a great choice to present this year’s lectures. His book Supersense has become a fixture of the skeptical canon, examining the way supernatural thinking is built in to the human brain’s normal functioning, and the extent to which it can be examined by the brain’s own rational analysis. The lecture series which he now has to get to work preparing is called Meet Your Brain. Should be good.