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Deathly Science

5 April @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Come Face to Face with the science of death this Science Week. Tender Canberra is joining forces with Phil Up On Science to bring you the insider information on that which is inescapable.


It’s the ultimate journey, and for many of us our biggest fear. This month we delve into how it happens and what it means, and whether you should look on the bright side of it.


When: 6.30 PM Tuesday April 5, 2022

Where: Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic

Tickets: $5 from https://www.smithsalternative.com/events/deathly-science-in-the-pub-75735.

Sponsored by Tender Funerals


More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/494873285472085


The Line Up


Billie Spencer (Tender Funerals) is a celebrant who has learnt not to fear death, and to guide through the end of life experience with compassion and empathy.


Why is life valued more than death? Should it be life at any cost, asks Nikki Johnston (Uni of Canberra).


Navigating life’s twists and turns can be a challenge. Imogen Mitchell (Canberra Hospital/Canberra Health Services) wonders if you were given a map for the journey of your life, would it make you and your family have a better experience in the last days of your life?


Why would evolution develop biological entities that die? Astrobiologist Charley Lineweaver (ANU Stromlo/Earth Sciences) is going to discuss why… spoiler alert: Antagonistic Pleiotropy (or not!)


Cate Frieman (ANU Archaeology) has excavated funerary sites and will discuss how ancient peoples retained human remains and circulated them, and the ways landscapes of the dead have been inhabited and engaged with.


David Swanton (Exit International) says a recent worldwide ethical rights survey favoured a different model of euthanasia – but the Federal Government has banned ACT from acting.


What does it mean to live and die, when our atoms came from exploding stars and will continue on circulating around the Earth after we die, asks Phil Dooley (Phil Up On Science).


Michell Dariol (ACT Crematorium) will have the final word.


MC: Dr Phil Dooley ( Phil Up On Science).


5 April
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Smith’s Alternative
76 Alinga St
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia
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