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World Science Festival Brisbane 2018

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The World Science Festival Brisbane has a huge program in store for attendees with highlights like the world premiere of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s classic film. This event will showcase John Williams’ magnificent score performed by an 84-piece orchestra and 80-voice choir live in sync with the film.

Inspired by the Commonwealth Games, World Science Festival Brisbane’s 2018 program also examines the interplay between health, humanity and science with an extensive program of events, talks and discussions covering everything from how far elite athletes can push the human body, to how science looks to improve neurological disorders.

The festival will host The hatchery: turtle conservation experience. The annual hatching of turtles at World Science Festival Brisbane provides an opportunity to experience one of nature’s miracles up close and personal.

Designed in collaboration with internationally renowned herpetologist Colin Limpus, this initiative follows the initial stages of life, from incubation to hatching live at the Festival.

The new born turtles will then be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20km off shore along with other hatchlings fitted with transmitters to help track their early life movements.

Some other highlights include The longest walk: Winning the Human Race, a Journey Through 300 Millennia of Human History. While many Hominin species have roamed the Earth, today only Homo sapiens remain. Palaeontologist and former presenter of ABC TV’s Catalyst Paul Willis leads a discussion on how recent scientific technology has added to the wealth of archaeological data and will tease out the truths behind more than 300,000 years of human survival.

The believing brain: Neuroscience and the Spiritual Instinct Explore the Potential Origins of Faith looks into the question; why do beliefs of the fantastic hold such powerful sway over our species? Do they arise as a mere by-product of human cognitive evolution or are they driven by some other force?

Bridging the gap between science and religion, Festival co-founder and renowned physicist Brian Greene, joined by neuroscientists, philosophers, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists, will explore this profound mystery.

The event is held over four days at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands Brisbane from 21st–25th March.

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