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Shapeshifters: On Medicine and Human Change
July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
In a special talk for Glasgow Skeptics, science writer Gavin Francis considers the transformations in mind and body that continue across the arc of human life. We can’t avoid puberty, the menopause, or our hair turning grey. Others may be welcome milestones along our path – a much-wanted pregnancy, a cancer cured, or a long-awaited transition to another gender. We may find ourselves turning down dark paths, towards the cruel distortions of anorexia, or the shifting sands of memory loss. Francis draws on history, art, literature, and myth to show how the very essence of being human is change.
This event comes you to in association with our friends at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street, who will ensure that Gavin’s books will be on display and available for purchase. You will most probably be able to persuade Gavin to sign your copy as well.
About the speaker:
Gavin Francis qualified in medicine from Edinburgh in 1999, then spent ten years travelling, visiting all seven continents. He is the author of three books: True North, Travels in Arctic Europe (2008, 2010), Empire Antarctica, Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (2012) which was Scottish Book of the Year 2013 and shortlisted for the Costa, Ondaatje, Banff, & Saltire Prizes, & Adventures in Human Being (2015), which won Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2015, was the Observer’s Science Book of the Year, and was a winner in the BMA Book Awards. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and lives and practises medicine in Edinburgh.
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: The talk is on the top floor of the store, however there is however a lift available for customers to use. More detailed accessibility information can be found here: https://