The highly complex system of speech and language we use to communicate is what makes human beings so unique. Our oldest ancestors used extremely primitive sounds, while our 3 year olds today can easily use FaceTime. The ways we communicate improved steadily over time, then accelerated with the digital age. Has the impact on our communication been for better or for worse? Is it a matter of smart phones, stupid people? And most importantly, where will our communication go next?
Is digital dating at odds with our biological instincts? And can you really find your scientific soulmate through a smartphone? Join Emer Maguire for a look at the science of love and relationships, and how this is evolving in our ever changing world of technology.
Science Communicator: Emer Maguire
The world is fascinating and inspiring. But sometimes, we just need the right person to guide us through it.
Emer Maguire uses comedy to unlock the wonders of science. In 2015, the Queen’s University Belfast student won FameLab, an international competition to find the UK’s best science communicator. Emer has invited audiences to consider some of the planet’s most pressing questions, such as “Why do we fall in love?”, “Why do we kiss?” and “Why can’t apes talk?”. She will also soon present a six-part radio series on all things sexy and all things science.
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