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To attract or not to attract? A 21st century question

Please note step-free access to the venue is possible at this venue but there is no disabled toilet, apologies.

Past event - 2019
22 May Doors 6:30pm
Event 7:30 - 9:30pm
The Paul Pry, 6 The Butts,
Worcester WR1 3PA
Sold Out!
The presenters will be challenging assumptions around the nature of attraction through two refreshing and thought-provoking talks. Daniel will discuss altruist behaviours and how this may be a desirable attribute in a potential partner, and Jimmy and Bere will debate the role of sexual orientation conversion therapy.

This venue does not serve food, but attendees can show their Pint of Science email ticket confirmation for 10% off at The Burger Shop (Arch 46, Cherry Tree Walk, WR1 3BH).

Do altruists attract?

Dr Daniel Farrelly (Senior Lecturer in Psychology)
For Darwin, the existence of altruism in nature was a puzzle he couldn’t solve with his theory of natural selection. However we now know how individuals can help their own prospects by helping others, for many different reasons. This talk will concentrate on how being helpful (or seen to be helpful) can make an individual more attractive as a sexual partner, making it more likely they will have offspring who inherit their kind nature.

Sexual orientation conversion therapy: rhetoric, rubbish or realism?

Dr Béré Mahoney (Senior Lecturer in Psychology)
Jimmy Couzens (PhD student)
Conversion Therapy is, for good reason, reviled almost universally. Yet, fear of censure means few researchers dare to explore the quality of evidence behind these judgements. Dr Mahoney and Jimmy Couzens will talk about their attempt to do so by separating realistic from rhetorical and 'rubbish' evidence.
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