Our friends at Hendrick’s commissioned us to create a day of events on the theme of ‘the universe inside your head’ to their travelling parlour of enlightenment, landing in Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2014.

Festival goers joined us in the Georgian splendour of One Royal Circus to savour a jelly brain dissection and add a memory to our archive. Later in the day we got to grips with the power of smell with neuroscientist Ed Bracey, ran a zombie workshop with Frank Swain, and unwrapped minds as the wonderful Anil Seth discussed consciousness. We wrapped up the day with Jen and Rich from the Carnival of Lost Emotions.

See the full programme of events below:

12:00 – Memory Clinic Installation

‘Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, paints pictures of the past and of the day.’ Voyage into the wondrous world of recollection at the Memory Clinic Installation – a curious construction of memory filled test tubes that reflect the intricacies of the brain and the complex areas that are involved in memory processing. The installation invites you to donate your own reminiscences to the maze like structure or peruse the ponderings of others, as you journey through the architecture of the brain. Spaces are limited, arrive early to guarantee a place. Tickets: free

13:00 – Jelly Brain Dissections

How can a three pound mass of jelly that you can hold in the palm of your hand imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos? Join us for a delectable dissection of the baffling brain and discover which parts of the brain are responsible for different things as we reveal the amazing inner architecture that gives rise to all we are, think and feel. This is a drop-in event and spaces are limited. Arriving early is recommended. Tickets: free

13:00 – The Power of Smell 

Mice can undergo smell-induced abortions. Horses can tell how related they are to other horses by sniffing them. What about humans? Encounter the sensational power of smell with scientist Ed Bracey as he explores how our marvellous brains interpret scent, how we compare with other animals and how smell actually works. Tickets include one delightful cocktail. Tickets: £12

14:30 – Zombies I Have Known and Loved

Famed for their obsession with brains zombies have long been part of the mainstream. Over a zombie-making workshop, author Frank Swain takes us through the science of zombies, from dog heads brought back to life without their bodies to military interrogation techniques. Welcome to the weird and wonderful fringes of science. Tickets include one delightful cocktail. Tickets: £12

16:00 – Consciousness 

Are you awake? Are you dreaming? How much of our world is a construction of our brain, a mere figment of our imagination? Join neuroscientist Anil Seth as he reveals what science can and cannot tell us about the mysteries of consciousness. Tickets include one delightful cocktail. Tickets: £12

20:00 – Carnival of Lost Emotions

Travel back in time and explore long obsolete emotions from history, with the help of an amazing machine. Discover how the emotions we have been able to experience are fundamentally historical and ever changing as you to get to grips with the richness and complexity of feelings throughout the ages. Tickets include one delightful cocktail. Tickets: £12

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