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TAINT

Wednesday, 11th November 2015

What happens to a piece of toast when you drop it on the floor? Obviously if you pick it up within 5 seconds, all us clever folks know the answer: nothing. You should just pick it up and munch away.

This is the universally acknowledged “5 second law”, and it protects us all from unnecessarily peanut butter wastage, or worse, from scoffing terrible, tainted toast.

Much like the theory of evolution and quantum mechanics, the 5 second law is unambiguously based on sound biological principles and rigorous scientific research. But sometimes objects - and people - become tainted in ways that are far more complex.

Would you try on Tony Abbott’s (thoroughly sterilised) speedos? OK even we think that’d still be gross. What about Hitler’s gloves? If not, why? What harm could these objects possibly cause you?

How’s about this one? Would you read a book that had been applauded by critics for decades if the author was later convicted of sex offences? Yeah that’s a biggie, eh?

We at KindaThinky feel kinda…awkward about all this whole taint thing, so naturally we figured you'd like to share that awkwardness with us live. With other people. And 4 guests. We promise, nothing will rub off.

Your Hosts

@rodl
Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap
Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


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Special Guests

Special guest on TAINT at KindaThinky in November

Amanda Laugesen

Dr Amanda Laugesen is a historian and lexicographer, and currently Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the ANU. The Centre edits Australia’s Oxford Dictionaries and researches the history of Australian English.

Special guest on TAINT at KindaThinky in November

Sasha Grishin

Emeritus Professor Sasha GRISHIN AM, FAHA established the academic discipline of Art History at the Australian National University and until December 2013 was the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History and Head of Art History at the ANU in Canberra. Professor Grishin studied art history at the universities of Melbourne, Moscow, London and Oxford and has served several terms as visiting scholar at Harvard University. He works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator. In 2004 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, in 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Australian art and art history and in 2008 was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He has published twenty-five books and over two thousand articles dealing with various aspects of art.
Special guest on TAINT at KindaThinky in November

Trang X. Ta

Dr. Ta is a medical anthropologist and the convenor of the Masters Program in Culture, Health, and Medicine at the Australian National University. Brought forth into the world, raised, and resided in a multitude of cultural contexts, it was inevitable that she grew up to be an inquisitive anthropologist. One of her current research projects is street economies of waste, salvage, and recycling in Hong Kong. She is always happy to share health advice and listen to your illness experiences even though she is not that kind of "doctor."
Special guest on TAINT at KindaThinky in November

David Tscharke

David Tscharke is an Associate Professor at ANU affiliated with the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the Research School of Biology. He studies viruses and the way the body fights them. In particular he is interested in working out how herpes simplex virus hides out in neurons and how vaccines like the smallpox vaccine are recognised by the immune system.

VENUE: The Whisky Room at the Civic Pub, Braddon, Canberra [see here for directions].

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and food is available. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: $18 + 30c booking fee. $25 at the door if still available. 

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TROLL [sold out!]

Wednesday, 14th October 2015

In the olden days, trolls were ugly wee fictional creatures who lurked under wooden bridges near picturesque olde worlde villages. Olden day trolls wanted nothing more than to eat a goat (or on good day, the goat’s whole family). Ok maybe they’d also occasionally chow down on human or two. And when they weren’t enjoying a live chunk of meat, they were content to be left alone in the dark, thinking sour thoughts and grumbling about how horrible all non-trollie things were.

But then the gods invented the intertubes, and the intertubes begat social media, and social media begat real, live, interested-in-much-more-than-just-raw-flesh-and-brooding, trolls.

These modern day trolls are way worse than their ancestors. First, they exist. So there’s that. Second, rather than eat people, they want to shame and humiliate them. For many, this is a fate much worse than death. To be fair though, some trolling is just thigh-slappingly hilarious as well.

Here at Kindathinky, we really like the funny trolls, but we are fascinated by the dark kind as well. So why not come along and join us as we honour the ghosts of all billy goats-gruff, and unpack the mind of the 21st Century troll. If you don’t, you will get warts.

Your Hosts

@rodl
Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap
Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


Special Guests

Samantha Maiden on TROLL at KindaThinky in October

Samantha Maiden

Samantha Maiden is National Political Editor Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Mail (Qld & SA), Sunday Times, Sunday Tasmanian & (a personal fave) Sunday Territorian.
Scott Bridges on TROLL. KindaThinky October.

Scott Bridges

Scott is a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra where he also teaches communications and journalism. He’s also responsible or co-responsible for the wildly successful twitter accounts @Rudd2000 and @FakeFielding
Great person on TROLL at KindaThinky

Jacqui Hoepner

Jacqui Hoepner is a PhD candidate at ANU where she interviews researchers who have had their work torn to shreds by trolls. She is also known to friends and enemies alike by her alter ego, Julie Turnbines.
Great person on TROLL. KindaThinky.

Grahame Thompson

Grahame is a web developer. You could kinda say he builds bridges.

VENUE: The Whisky Room at the Civic Pub, Braddon, Canberra [see here for directions].

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and food is available. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: $18 + 30c booking fee. $25 at the door if still available. 

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WORTHY [sold out!]

Wednesday, 9th September 2015

If you’re like us (and we’re pretty sure you are), the world is full of people more worthy than you. See the person on your right? Five years ago they quit their high-flying, big-city finance career to teach underprivileged children in sub-Saharan Africa. And that person to your left? They just donated a kidney. Anonymously. To a stranger. Who didn’t even need it.

You’ve been there. You’re at a party, and you’re talking-up how brilliantly your new SUV handled the weekend’s blizzard conditions at the snow with 5 people and all their gear in the car. Then someone next to you nods sage-like, closes their eyes, and recounts how they only ever drive their Prius to church and back on Sundays. And they only use it then because they drive other people to church, too.

How can us mere mortals compete with that? The secret is, just don’t.

See, if you become more worthy, then they wont look as good, and that wouldn’t be fair to them. The worthy need us to reflect how super-awesome they are. By not being worthy, we are actually supporting worthiness. It all makes sense, right? So the best thing you can do to support worthiness in all its forms is to come to KindaThinky on Sept 9 and help us reflect the immense worthiness of our guests. Come on, you owe it to them. Do it for them…

Your Hosts

@rodl
Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap
Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


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Special Guests

Aidan Byrne, special guest at KindaThinky in September

Aidan Byrne

Professor Aidan Byrne is CEO of Australian Research Council and former Dean of Science at the Australian National University. Also he used to be a physicist and a Kiwi, one of which we would never hold against him. If this guy doesn't know what research worthiness ought to smell like, then nobody does.
Lyndall Strazdins, special guest at KindaThinky in September.

Lyndall Strazdins

Lyndall Strazdins is an Associate Professor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU. She's a national leader in the field of work, family and child wellbeing, especially the role played by the quality of parents’ jobs and the pressures and challanges on families to combine work with caring.
special guest at KindaThinky in September.

Sean Quercini

Head of training for St John Ambulance ACT and team leader with the State Emergency Service, Sean has spent over 15 years involved in the whole spectrum of rescue from drug affected abusive patients to leading response teams in major natural disasters. In his current role he coordinates a team of dedicated professionals to teach life-saving skills to over 20,000 people in the Canberra community annually.
special guest at KindaThinky in September.

Tammy Ven Dange

Tammy Ven Dange has been the CEO of RSPCA ACT since February 2014. There she oversees a team of 50+ employees and hundreds of volunteers who care for 7000 animals in need every year in the greater Canberra community. She’s a keen paddler of boats and boards, and is often seen in cowboy boots (though not usually at the same time!).

VENUE: The Whisky Room at the Civic Pub, Braddon, Canberra [see here for directions].

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and food is available. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: $18 + 30c booking fee. $25 at the door if still available. 

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KindaThinky special Sydney event in August. View the show EXCESS in The Salon.

EXCESS [sold out!]
[Sydney Premiere]

Wednesday, 19th August 2015

Who doesn’t like a little extra, eh? We love a spot of abundance, a tasty bonus, and getting just a little bit more.

Why not eat that second slice of pie, add that spare room, and keep hoarding that superfluous cash? It’s a rare person who’ll refuse a tad extra, cos goddam it’s hard to say no.

While our planet might orbit in the goldilocks-zone sweet-spot of perfect balance between too little and too much, most of us living on the surface really just don't.

We lurch from too much to too little every ferkofting day: battling our EXcess, craving some exCESS. In these troubled modern times, it seems most of our problems come from having too much, never too little.

So what’s going on? How did we end up like this: swimming in our own trash, building triple XL houses, and living so long that all we want is to live even longer? What do we do now that abundance has become glut, spare become swamped, and oversupply just overkill?

More importantly, how do we make sense of where we’re at and whether we even like being here?

Well, we start by grabbing a primo waste recycler, a longevity expert, an architectural virtuoso and a pot-stirring priest. Then we mix in a few ales, a like-minded audience, and two hosts who are regularly referred to as the most aesetic* science communicators in the world. Finally, we repeatedly punch the more button until we've worked out exactly when too much might almost be (maybe) nearly enough.

*not out loud, or by people

Your Hosts

@rodl
Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap
Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


Supporters

Special Guests

The infamous Father Rod Bower at EXCESS in August for a special KindaThinky.

Father Rod Bower

Anglican Parish of Gosford. Post theistic, non-smoking, pro drinking meddlesome priest who avoids Christians, distrusts politicians and loves his wife and kids.
Dr Samantha Solon-Biet on EXCESS. KindaThinky August 2015.

Dr Samantha Solon-Biet

Samantha is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Charles Perkins Centre with a specialisation in nutrition physiology. Her research investigates the role of nutrition in ageing with a focus on nutritional interventions to delay the ageing process, leading to prolonged healthspan and lifespan.
Garth Lamb at KindaThinky.

Garth Lamb

Garth has spent his whole career talking rubbish. He started off as the editor of Inside Waste magazine before moving on to lead Hyder Consulting’s Australian waste team, where he provided strategic waste advice to all levels of government, and private sector operators. In 2014 he decided it was time to get his hands really dirty and took up a post with Re.Group, an Australian company that specialises in building and operating infrastructure to recover resources from waste – part of the critical infrastructure required in modern society.
Melonie Bayl-Smith. KindaThinky August 19.

Melonie Bayl-Smith

Melonie Bayl-Smith is Director of Bijl Architecture and Adjunct Professor in the University of Technology Sydney School of Architecture. Her passion focuses on contemporary architecture and design, and the potential of architecture to influence and change how people live.

VENUE: The Powerhouse Museum (licensed) Café
500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW 2007
(at the end of the new Goods Line green walkway)

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and drinks are available for purchase. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: Admission + Pizza with the KindaThinky team and special guests! $35 + 30c booking fee.
Admission only. $20 + 30c booking fee.
$35 at the door (no pizza) if still available. 

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OUCH [sold out!]

Wednesday, 10th June 2015

Pain is just pooh, right? It distracts us, it costs us money and it needs to be avoided at all costs. Pain bloody hurts, and hurting is un-fun.

But at KindaThinky, we kinda secretly like pain (but not cos we’re, like, freaks or nuthin). We’re interested in pain cos there’s so many kinds. You know, like physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual pain. And probably others, too. We also know that some pain is good for us because we’ve been to the gym they told us there that pain is just weakness leaving the body. How awesome’s that!

So tonight on KT, we say no to the anaesthetic and start scratching below the surface of pain in all it’s fascinating forms.



Your Hosts

@rodl
Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap
Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


Watch the OUCH video...

Get the OUCH podcasts...

Special Guests

Anna Scanes: Pain physiotherapist on OUCH at KindaThinky in May

Anna Scanes

Pain physiotherapist, neuroscience nerd and avid New Scientist subscriber. She’s wields her Bachelor of applied science in Human Biology and a Masters of Physiotherapy like a boss. And speaking of pain, she’s also not too shabby on the roller derby track.
Simon Le on pain at OUCH. KindaThinky June 10.

Simon Le

Simon Le is a Canberra based personal trainer, sports coach, Capoeirista, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, and movement enthusiast. He's passionate about working with people who experience chronic pain to help them build strength and power. Through his martial arts practice Simon has learnt a lot about the difference between the perception and the reality of pain. Damn this man sounds interesting.

Simon says:
"The show isn't what you'd expect from a science podcast. It's loud, fast-paced, and relentlessly entertaining.

The panel discussion typically features 4 guests, and is filmed in front of a live audience and streamed online.

The subject of the show I participated in was ‘Ouch’, an exploration of the topic of pain."

Ayesha Kaak on OUCH at KindaThinky

Ayesha Kaak

PhD candidate combining research and BDSM through the power of caffeine to explore the nether regions of consent, sexual ethics, identities, and alternative sexual practices.
Dr Clarke Jones on pain at OUCH. KindaThinky June 2015.

Dr Clarke Jones

Dr Clarke Jones is a man involved with just about every scary thing. His research interests cover Prison Radicalisation, disengagement and de-radicalisation of terrorist inmates in the Philippines, prison gangs, transnational organised crime, terrorism, and criminology / penology. But that’s not all, on this episode of Kindathinky, he will give us a little expert insight into torture and how well it just doesn’t work…

VENUE: The Whisky Room at the Civic Pub, Braddon, Canberra [see here for directions].

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and food is available. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: $16 + 30c booking fee. $25 at the door if still available. 

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MYTH [sold out!]

Wednesday, 13th May 2015

Like all mega-educated, anglo-saxon, middle class, white males, we don’t believe in anything (ever) that isn’t four thousand percent supported by rigorous, double-blind, randomised-control-trials and reviewed by every relevant expert in the world.

But other people, sheesh… they’ll believe anything anyone tells ‘em. 

Of course we know you seasoned KindaThinkists are just like us, which means you’ve never even heard of some of the cray-cray myths and tales people buy into. But admit it, you’re at least a wee bit curious, entcha?

Join us as we light our skull-candles, gobble down some superfoods, avoid sitting on cold surfaces (you know why) and try and work out why it’s only the wives that have all the tales.


Your Hosts

@rodl
Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap
Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


Watch the MYTH video...

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Special Guests

Dr David Caldicott at KindaThinky in May to talk about MYTH

Dr David Caldicott

Dr David Caldicott is an emergency medicine specialist at the Calvary hospital and a senior lecturer at the ANU medical School and is no fan of prohibitionist drug policies. David knows more than a thing or two about some juicy medical and health myths. He is also a tad on the Irish side of Australian - don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Dr Louise Burke OAM - Head of Sports Nutrition at the AIS @ KindaThinky 13 May 2015

Beccy Hall

Sports Nutrition Fellow at the AIS. Professional interests include
  • Performance nutrition under extreme environmental conditions (i.e. altitude and extreme heat)
  • Performance nutrition in endurance sports
  • Food service provision for the elite athlete
Dr David Stephens from Honest History at KindaThinky: MYTH in April 2015

Dr David Stephens

Dr David Stephens is Secretary of Honest History. Honest History is a coalition of historians and others supporting the balanced and honest presentation and use of Australian history, particularly during the centenary of World War I. David spent twenty years in the Australian Public Service, then ten years as a consultant and government relations lobbyist. During 2011-13 he worked intensively on the successful campaign to prevent the building of additional World War memorials in Canberra, to rival the Australian War Memorial.

Dr Greta Hawes on MYTH at KindaThinky

Dr Greta Hawes

Greta Hawes specializes in the study of Greek myth. Her work examines ancient – and sometimes more recent – contexts for storytelling, the Greeks’ assessment of mythic phenomena in their own culture, and the modes of interpretation to which these gave rise.

VENUE: The Whisky Room at the Civic Pub, Braddon, Canberra [ see here for directions].

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and food is available. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: $16 + 30c booking fee. $25 at the door if still available. 

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HERESY [sold out!]

Wednesday, 15th April 2015

It’s not often you hear someone being accused of heresy. And when you do, it’s usually a jaw-slackening example of balls-to-the-wall, first-order religious hyperbole of the first order.

But we at KindaThinky spared no expense when we looked up the word on our Googles and it said heresy is “… any provocative belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs”. Suddenly, we realised there are heretics everywhere (everywhere).

So in the true spirit of the renaissance (or the enlightenment or something…), we thought we’d have a few beers and a nice chat about heresy with some like-minded deviants.


Your Hosts

@rodl
Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap
Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


Watch the HERESY video...

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Special Guests

Robin Ince on twitter @robinince

Robin Ince @robinince

Comedian, writer and that sort of thing. More at http://robinince.com/. See Robin's show Happiness Through Science in Canberra in April 2015.

Caroline Fisher @ KindaThinky in April

Dr Caroline Fisher

Lecturer in journalism & creative writing at the University of Canberra discussing censorship in journalism.

Nathanael Coyne @ KindaThinky: CONTROL

Nathanael Coyne @NathanaelB

Christian cult escapee and survivor after twenty five years. Now 32 years old, works in IT as a software designer, volunteers in environmental conservation, injured wildlife rehabilitation and dog rescue.

Dr Simone Dennis on HERESY at KindaThinky in April

Dr Simone Dennis

Dr Simone Dennis is an anthropologist who’s major research interests coalesce around theories of embodiment, migration, memory and the senses, and contemporary relations between bodies, power and space. But when it comes to real life Heresy, it’s her research into smoking and smokers in Australia that has really made people stare and point their fingers. Curious? Damn right you are...

VENUE: The Whisky Room at the Civic Pub, Braddon, Canberra [see here for directions].

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and food is available. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: $16 + 30c booking fee. $25 at the door if still available.

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CONTROL

CONTROL [sold out!]

Wednesday, 11th March 2015

In world full of risk, uncertainty and pants-wetting danger, all we everyday chaps and chapettes really want to know is that the monsters are being kept in their cages.  And woah, are there a LOT of monsters to keep caged.

Start listing the things you want controlled and your head will get all twirly – there’s baddies and neighbours and financial advisers and sick people and strong people and guns and teenagers and traffic and physics and foreigners and diseases and … and, well heaps.

Not only is it exhausting keeping the monsters controlled, it’s at least as arduous agreeing on just who and what the monsters actually are. And that’s before arguing about how best to control the fekkers.

To kick-off KindaThinky season 2, we’re turning our all-seeing security cameras to everything controlly to check if things maybe aren’t quite as well ordered as we hoped.

Your Hosts

@rodl
Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap
Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


Get the CONTROL podcasts...

Special Guests

Jason Payne

Dr Jason Payne

A former Research Manager of the Violent and Serious Crime Monitoring Program at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), this criminologist is just totes into all kinds of criminals & crime (and lets face it, who isn’t).
Station Sergeant Jo Cameron – Officer in Charge of Tuggeranong Police Station

Jo Cameron

Station Sergeant. Jo has been a police officer with the AFP for 18 years. She is currently the Officer-in-Charge of Tuggeranong Police Station. Prior to this she has worked in Crime Reduction and Intelligence, in a variety of roles including as an intelligence analyst and team leader.  She has also worked in Criminal Investigations, is a designated Detective and started her career in General Duties including Beats and as a part-time member of ACT Policing’s former Search and Rescue Team.

JetStar Touchdown image by StephenMitchell

Kristian Newell

Kristian is one of the Airservices air traffic controllers that safely and efficiently manages the airspace and aircraft movements at Canberra Airport. From the control tower, Kristian works between roles as the Aerodrome Controller, Surface Movement Controller and Tower Coordinator.

Cheryl Renouf joins us at KindaThinky on March 11 2015

Cheryl Renouf

Cheryl Renouf has worked in the community sector for twenty years in areas such as refuges for women experiencing domestic violence and supported accommodation for people recently released from the prison system. She has a broad range of experience in the corrections system of the ACT which she acquired both professionally and through her experience with her own family. Cheryl has provided counselling support for programs run at the AMC and will soon also provide these services to young offenders in Bimberi.

VENUE: The Whisky Room at the Civic Pub, Braddon, Canberra [see here for directions].

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and food is available. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: No more tickets available for CONTROL. Book your tickets for HERESY.

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DENIAL

DENIAL [sold out!]

Wednesday, 12th November 2014

How awesome is it being a creature of reason, huh?

We bloody love it, and we know you do too. Like you, we’re open-hearted, broad-minded, firm-buttocked and accepting creatures. We judge all arguments on their merits. We reflect on our own biases and let the facts drive them from us when we realise they’re based on evidence-free malarky.

And if you believe that, then we have a nice shiny bridge over Sydney Harbour we’re happy to sell you reeeal cheap.

Denial is everywhere. Denial is productive. Denial is comforting.

Denial is rational as all hell, but it is also totally, appalling and bowel-looseningly trashing many of the things smart people hold dear.

Sounds like something worth getting kinda thinky about, doesn’t it?

Your Hosts

@rodl

Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap

Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​


Get the DENIAL podcasts...

Special Guests

KindaThinky does DENIAL @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, November 12th 2014

Olivia Kember

National Policy and Research Manager at The Climate Institute.

KindaThinky does DENIAL @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, November 12th 2014

Florian Wertenauer

Psychiatrist at ACT Mental Health, Clinical Lecturer at ANU Medical School.

KindaThinky does DENIAL @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, November 12th 2014

Dr Deborah Hill aka Bambi von Smash'er

Exhibition Coordinator, National Gallery of Australia, skater for Canberra Roller Derby League and Team Australia. Photo by Brett Sargeant, D-eye Photography.

VENUE: The Whisky Room at the Civic Pub, Braddon, Canberra [ see here for directions].

TIME: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and food is available. End at 9:30pmish.

COST: No more tickets available for DENIAL. Sorry!

Want more? Let us know if you think we need more KindaThinky... 


WRONG

WRONG [sold out!]

Wednesday, 8th October 2014

Murder is wrong, right? So's stealing. And racism, incest, lying, cheating, taking drugs, bullying, disrespecting your elders, failing to dob in a co-worker, dobbing in a co-worker, blaspheming, leaving the toilet seat up, forgetting your gran’s birthday, swearing at work, inappropriate touching, not living up to your potential, telling children there’s no santa and, and, and…

Jeebuz, being not-wrong is thirsty work. It's also completely, utterly and entirely impossible. Wrongness is based on ideas that people in the olden days simply made up. Seriously. The things that make you squirm make you squirm just cos somebody else told you to.

Don’t believe us? Come and get kinda thinky as we shine the bright light of rationality on why being wrong can feel just so goddamn right.

Your Hosts

@rodl

Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."​


@willozap

Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​​



Get the WRONG podcasts

Special Guests

KindaThinky does WRONG @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, October 8th 2014

Father Rod Bower

Post theistic, non-smoking, pro drinking meddlesome priest who avoids Christians, distrusts politicians and loves his wife and kids.

KindaThinky does WRONG @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, October 8th 2014

Dr Emmeline Taylor

Mancunian criminologist (a question, wrapped in a mystery, shrouded in an enigma).

KindaThinky does WRONG @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, October 8th 2014

Owen Nicholson

Sales Assistant, Christian, Dungeon Master and fan of tiny pastel horses.

KindaThinky does WRONG @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, October 8th 2014

Jules Kim

Sex worker activist, Acting CEO of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association. Photo by Daniel Boud for Time Out Sydney magazine.


LIMITS

LIMITS [sold out!]

Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Wherever we go, our thinking, and our behaviour, is governed by limits. And so often we accept these limits with nary a passing thought.

But is this wise?

Think about it…

How much do you really know about the limits we impose upon ourselves, or that are imposed upon you? Why is 40 KPH OK in a school zone, but 41 is dangerous? Where’s the line between well and unwell? Who is just too middle class for middle class welfare?

Hell, how high is up? At what age are you old? Where's the line between us and them? And when, oh when, does enough officially become too much?

We’ve thought a lot about this, but it’s just no fun without you.

Come and get get kinda thinky with us as we bend our brains looking at who sets the limits, and burrow through some of the thinking behind them…

Your Hosts

@rodl

Rod Lamberts @rodl

Science communication academicator and thoughticulturalist. Snowboardophile and guitar fetishist. Simply gushing with authentonesty. “One thing that defines me? My passion for homemade orthotics."

@willozap

Will Grant @willozap

A scien comunicat academ with passon for politic and polic and tec, be the chang you want to see in the worl, Will grant willozap he that chang.​



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KindaThinky looks at LIMITS @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, September 10th 2014

Craig McPherson

Officer in Charge, Traffic Operations, ACT Policing. Speeding and laws.
KindaThinky looks at LIMITS @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, September 10th 2014

Jody Fisher

Extreme underwater diver (freediving) world-champion.
KindaThinky looks at LIMITS @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, September 10th 2014

Greg Jericho @GrogsGamut

Once a pseudonymous blogger, and policy data legend.
KindaThinky looks at LIMITS @ the Civic Pub, Canberra, September 10th 2014

Julie Grant

Emergency room nurse with experience around the world.

About KindaThinky

There’s more than one way to use a PhD, and this is some of them. KindaThinky rummages in the underpants of society’s hairiest issues. Who sets the limits? How do we know what’s wrong? Is denial just a river in Africa?

This is not your standard “smart folks bark facts at the masses” schtick. This is moderate velocity thinkings direct from the people who think them. With expert guests. And beer.

With a dedication that leaves no evidence-based stone unturned, KindaThinky unleashes a factopalanche of feelpinions on attractive and courageous* audiences.

Need something to talk about at work the next day? KindaThinky is your ticket to morning glory.

*You are attractive, you are courageous. Be all you can be. You’re worth it.

KindaThinky are...

Rod Lamberts

Rod Lamberts

Host

Will Grant

Will Grant

Host

Kali Madden

Kali Madden

Series Producer

Adrian King

Adrian King

Series Producer



" @rodland @willozap's destructive, city-destroying asteroid of intellect can be stopped only by Bruce Willis."
- Ketan Joshi, Wind Farm Guy

"My foul-mouthed acting teacher would pat these two guys on the head and tell you, "They make all the right choices."
- Randy Olson, author, "Don't Be Such a Scientist”

"Rod and Will - science’s definitive double act - remind us that serious stuff doesn't have to be dull."
- Catriona Jackson, CEO, Science & Technology Australia

“It is a fact that all scientific discussion is elevated by dick jokes. These guys do it the best."
- Dee Madigan, As seen on TV (a lot)



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