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The Labour party promises to deliver a living wage instead of a minimum wage. “A living wage should make sure people earn enough to make ends meet, and be informed by what it costs to live in Australia today – to pay for housing, for food, for utilities, to pay for a basic phone and data plan,” Opposition leader Bill Shorten. How do you understand this concept? Do you think it's feasible? How will it impact the economy and jobs?
Tickets here: https://avidreader.com.au/events/alexis-willett-how-much-brain-do-we-really-need Angela Dean is in-conversation with Alexis Willett discussing How Much Brain Do We Really Need. An entertaining and illuminating romp through the brain's past, present and future in search of an answer to whether we really need all of our brain - Which parts matter most? Could we afford to lose any? Is our brain at its evolutionary peak or do we have an even more brilliant future to look forward to? Your brain is shrinking. Does it matter? How Much Brain Do We Really Need? challenges us to think differently about the brain. Rather than just concentrating on the many wonderful things it can do, this entertaining insight into the complexities and contradictions of the human brain asks whether in fact we can live satisfactorily without some of it. The bad news is that our brains start to shrink from our mid-thirties. But the good news is that we still seem to generally muddle along and our brain is able to adapt in extraordinary ways when things going wrong. Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett shed light on what the human brain can do - in both optimal and suboptimal conditions - and consider what it can manage without. Through fascinating facts and figures, case studies and hypothetical scenarios, expert interviews and scientific principles, they take us on a journey from the ancient mists of time to the far reaches of the future, via different species and lands. Is brain training the key to healthy ageing? Do women really experience 'baby brain'? Is our brain at its evolutionary peak or do we have an even more brilliant future to look forward to? We discover the answers to these questions and more. Dr Alexis Willett is a science communicator who aims to make science accessible to all. She has a PhD in biomedical science from the University of Cambridge, where she studied at the Medical Research Council's Human Nutrition Research unit. She has lectured on human physiology and published on a wide range of health subjects. She spends much of her time turning cutting-edge research and health policy jargon into something meaningful for the public, patients, doctors and policy makers. She is often called upon to help influence decision makers, from governments to funding bodies, across the UK and Europe. In her spare time, Alexis drinks a lot of rooibos tea.
Politics in the Pub is a free, Q&A style debate which tackles the most pressing contemporary issues for both Australia and the world. Join us on May 7th for a political special as we head towards a likely May election. Candidates for the Division of Brisbane will be discussing policy and answering your key questions on the night. Panelists will include Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans, Labor’s Paul Newbury, and the Green’s Andrew Bartlett. ABC Brisbane’s Rebecca Levingston will MC the event. Politics in the Pub is a free, Q&A style debate which tackles the most pressing contemporary issues for both Australia and the world.
Please get your ticket here https://thesciencenation.com/ Putting their reputation and relationships on the line in Brisbane are: burn biologist and cookie connoisseur, A/Prof Leila Cuttle; computer vision researcher and hockey addict, Dr David Hall; agricultural entomologist and karaoke queen, Dr Madaline Healey; and retinal biomaterial engineer and aspiring muso, Dr Natalie McKirdy. Time: 7:30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), 9 May 2019. Venue: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane. Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door (cash only).