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Nerd Alert: Science and Science Fiction

Posted by Chip / February 15, 2007

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Even though Snakes on a Plane didn’t make it to MP’s ‘best of’ film listing for this past year, there’s no doubt many of you saw it and loved it, but would not admit to either. If you haven’t seen it, now’s your chance to cast aside any guilt and watch a screening under the premise of attending a scientific lecture. Seriously.

As part of the ‘Freaky Friday – When McGill Scientists Bust Myths’ series, the Redpath Museum and the McGill Faculty of Science are bringing you, Ophidophobia: What is it with snakes? This lecture will be followed by a showing of the aforementioned Snakes on a Plane.

Here is the abstract from the McGill website:

"What is it about snakes that makes so many people afraid of them? Though it is partly a learned behaviour, and it is true that many snakes are very dangerous, it is still not clear why the morbid fear of snakes, "ophidiophobia", is so common. Is it because they have no legs, or no eyelids? Is it because of their darting, forked tongues, or their scaly bodies? Or are these really just excuses for a deep-seated, ancestral fear, a fear so basic that movie-makers can repeatedly exploit it in films like "Snakes on a Plane"? This talk by one of Canada's foremost herpetologists will discuss the myth and reality of snakes and our fascination with them."

Location: Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Auditorium
Cost: $5 at the door.

And the best part: Proceeds will fund construction of a giant origami Pteranodon to be suspended above the Museum's dinosaur.
It all begins at 16:00 on Friday, February 23rd. See you there.

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