Week In Geek: 25-31 March 2013

All aboard the musical hackship. See Saturday.

London events for people with curious minds.

Monday 25 March

TEMPERANCEDiscover who the real originators of temperance societies were, what drove them and what led to the demonisation of alcohol in this lecture at Gresham College by Professor Stephen Orchard. Free, just turn up, 1pm

AGEMatthew Piper discusses if there is anything we can do to reduce the symptoms of ageing, and what options might be available in both the near or distant future. A Cafe Scientifique event at The Royal Society. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

ELECTRIC CARS: Robert Llewellyn tells us why electric cars are so good, dispelling some myths, in a talk tonight for Soho Skeptics at The George on The Strand (and not, to be sceptical, actually in Soho). £5, prebook, 7.30pm

Tuesday 26 March

SLICED CADAVER: Could you cut up a dead body? Lindsey Fitzharris, speaking at St Bart’s Pathology Museum (which you can later explore), reveals how 19th Century medical students overcame their fears and revulsions, in a Museum of London event. £7, prebook, 7pm

ART + SCIENCE: The latest Cosy Science event at the Cittie of Yorke challenges the assumption that art and science are sharply separated. Free sandwiches, too. Free, just turn up, 7pm

GEEK SHOWOFF: A cavalcade of geekery, as 10 geeks take to the stage at Geek Showoff, at the Black Heart, Camden Town. Topics include a sonic screwdriver for use with iPad, the works of Stephen King, people who fall in love with bannisters, and a dissection of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. £5 donation, just turn up, 7pm

Wednesday 27 March

BABY GIGGLES: What makes the little nipsters laugh? Psychologist Caspar Addyman probes a baby’s sense of humour at Wellcome Collection’s Packed Lunch event. Free, just turn up, 1pm

MEDICINE: Rachel Pearson discusses the promise of a stem cell cure for blindness, at the Royal Society. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm

LOST RIVERS: Rachel Lichtenstein and Tom Chivers speak about their adventures in the buried River Fleet. Week in Geek compiler Matt Brown (another Fleet paddler) then chairs a discussion. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

Saturday 30 March

FREAKY MIND WARPS:  Magic, time distortion, hypnotism and past-life regression are just the most cut-and-pastable topics under discussion at the Tricks of the Mind conference at Conway hall today. £10, prebook, 10.30am

MUSIC HACKING ON A BOAT: All aboard the MS Stubnitz, moored in Wood Wharf, for a day of musical hacking — that is, building musical stuff from old electronic equipment — with talks, demos and workshops. Prices vary, prebook, 2-11.30pm

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments, or email matt@londonist.com to tip us off about future events.

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