Science is easy to get wrong. Most science fans have a very dry way of imparting their knowledge and are shown up by the snake oil act of a confident idiot. Robin Ince is not selling hair tonic, he is a confident science fan.
You may have heard him on Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage, hosting along with *sigh* Professor Brian, helping us mere mortals understand what the brainy yet confusing people are talking about. He is also the author of the Bad Book Club, celebrating those forgotten classics of Giant Crab fiction or dating tips (have you ever considering taking her to a factory).
So as it has been a while since I was last scienced, it was of to see Robin Ince’s new show “Happiness through Science”. The only problem is that whenever I hear the word happiness I can’t help but think of a certain part of the human anatomy, but I think this says more about me than the content of the show.
Robin Ince is certainly passionate about this subject and, like all science geeks (I’m not sure if he will take pleasure in this nomenclature – but if the lab coat fits), has the confidence in the subject matter to make our lives better. The worse thing we could all be is ignorant and irrational, even if you ask stupid questions at least you are asking questions. But try not to ask stupid questions, you may only get stupid answers.
Whether this makes him happy is up for debate, “Anger through Ignornace” or “Frustration at numpties” may be a better title for the show. I can’t say I disagree with him. Whenever I hear someone explain science by starting “In the Daily Mail…” I want to put them in a Schrödinger box and leave them there. Yes they may be alive, but I can also believe that they are dead.
In fact I might open the box twice, I know the Maths doesn’t work here but I was never that good at probabilities. By my reckoning I get it to be that there would be a 75% chance of them being dead, a fact that the Daily Mail would surely attribute to rising Schrödinger Box prices and immigrants. Not to say a full page report on the health hazards of playing with quantum analogies.
For anyone with a desire to be Reithed (as in Educated, Informed and Entertained) then I suggest trying to get hold of one of the few tickets left for his tour at http://www.robinince.com or follow him on twitter @robinince
Reason to go see it: If you don’t you are an idiot and don’t deserve the knowledge of Feynman, Einstein or Darwin.
Reason to Avoid it: You are an idiot, and don’t deserve the knowledge of Feynman, Einstein or Darwin.
Stars: In the words of Professor Cheekbones: A billion, billion, billion (does he actually just say one billion and then it echoes from the top of the mountain he is normally on?)