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Freaky Fridays

. . . when McGill scientists bust myths and clarify science


Freaky Friday public outreach lectures allow McGill scientists to examine the myths, realities and misconceptions surrounding some pressing science issues. Where: Auditorium, Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Metro McGill/Peel (unless otherwise indicated). Seating is limited. No reservations necessary.
When5 PM
Cost: Free, unless indicated otherwise. The Freaky Friday series was made possible with funding from the Science Outreach Program in the Faculty of Science.

Most of the Freaky Friday lectures are available on iTunes U and on McGill podcasts. You can view many of our 2012-2013 Freaky Fridays podcasts here.

Winter 2016

April 22: The Holocene Catastrophe

By Andre Costopoulos (Dept. Anthropology, McGill). Followed by the 2003 film: The Sixth Extinction. IMAGE: Holocene Extinction by xetobyte (2012).

  CANCELLED: April 8, 2016: Fracking Quebec- What is all the fuss?

 By Jeff McKenzie (Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill)

 Followed by the film Gasland.

Jan. 22, 2016: If and when the AIs take over: The singularity effect in the progression of artificial intelligence.  By Prof. Thomas Shultz (Department of Psychology and School of Computer Science, McGill).  Followed by the 2015 film Ex Machina.

Feb. 26 : Smart Drugs for not such smart people. By Prof. Joe Schwarcz (Director, Office of Science and Society, McGill)

A number of so-called 'smart drugs' or cognitive enhancers have capture attention recently from stimulants such as modafinil, to amphetamines (often prescribed under the name Adderal) and methylphenidate (also known by its brand name Ritalin). According to widespread news reports, students have begun using these drugs to enhance their performance in school and college, and are continuing to do so in their professional lives. Yet are these smart drugs all they are cracked up to be? Find out how nootropics really work. Followed by the 2011 film Limitless.

March 11, 2016: Between 'The Rock' and a hard place: Everything Hollywood doesn't tell you about earthquakes. By Prof. Christie Rowe (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill). Followed by the 2015 film San Andreas.