Monsters, mermaids and misinformation

Paolo Viscardi

When?
Monday, February 21 2011 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

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Who?
Paolo Viscardi

What's the talk about?

From the Montauk monster and Chupacabra to Barnum’s much hyped Feejee mermaid, there is an interest in the unusual that can whip up a storm of speculation and spectacle. Cutting through hype, sensationalism and misinformation is important in preventing the mismanagement of expectations and the devaluing of what is genuine.

Join Dave Gorman look-alike, Paolo Viscardi in exploring some weird objects from the past and present - using scientific collections and methods to get beneath the surface of monsters, mermaids and the hype they have inspired.

Paolo Viscardi is a curator of natural history at the Horniman Museum in Southeast London, a science blogger and a contributor for science Q&A site askabiologist.org.uk.

Photo credit: Graham Steel