Now in its seventh year at the Fringe, The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas sees some of the country’s leading academics and researchers escape from their ‘ivory towers’, with the express purpose of simultaneously explaining their most dangerous ideas and entertaining real people.
They call it ‘public engagement’; we call it ‘a right good night!’.
With plenty of time for questions and discussion, three academics preview their Fringe shows, ably assisted by compere and self-styled ‘stupidest person in the room’, Susan Morrison.
Spoiler alert: This is NOT a lecture. Attendees are liable to learn something new and interesting!
Paola Ruffo – Can Google really translate?
What does it mean to be a human in the era of Google Translate? Is it really taking over human translation? What if it isn’t just words after all? Can machines replicate human feelings and language nuances? Paola Ruffo (Heriot-Watt University) explores how the boundaries between humans, words and machines are being redrawn. Join her at the edges of the magic world of translation to discover what happens when humans and machines meet new languages. Can you tell the difference between a text from a human and one written by a machine?
Amy Andrada - Are Women Assholes?
Women are constantly measuring one another by ideals of thinness, beauty, ‘best mommy practices’, and keeping a happy home with a happy partner. Why? Are their values warped? Are they not happy with themselves, or are they afraid of being alone? Why is single status so threatening? Does competitiveness drive their insecurities or do women’s insecurities drive their competitiveness? Amy Andrada (The University of Edinburgh) dares to ask. In her quest, she discovers that women are much more than they appear and accept far less than they deserve.
Jenny Paterson – Neglecting Midwives Gives Mothers PTSD
The NHS are getting it wrong! Funny? No! Laughable? Maybe! Jenny Patterson (Edinburgh Napier University) hits out at the NHS for neglecting midwives and heartlessly letting women suffer – almost like trauma-stressed war veterans. Neglected midwives can end up lashing out or burning out, leaving some women feeling shocked and abandoned. Sadly, both midwives and women can end up with PTSD. Do midwives need to toughen up? Do women? Jenny doesn’t pull her punches and says: “Never mind the women, what about the midwives?”.