dr alice roberts

Here are the books I decided to take away with me on holiday! (I also sneaked in After You - Jojo Moyes and Harry Potter and the Cursed Chid) ft. my bedroom.

Mum: “you’ll never read all of those…”
Me: “challenge accepted.”

GUESS WHO JUST SPENT LIKE FIVE HOURS WITH DR ALICE ROBERTS!!!

Okay, so it wasn’t like five hours one on one, but that doesn’t make it any less brilliant. We have a one hour talk from her straight after school with the topic of “Can you prove evolution if the fossil record was melted?” To which the answer is yes indeed you can. Then we had pizza and ice cream with her for a couple of hours (and seriously, she is literally the nicest person ever) and then spent a few hours listening to a second talk called “The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being”, which went hand in hand with her book, which I have read two thirds of. Her talks were just so good. Not only is she a very confident and eloquent speaker, but she pitches it just right. The thing with science is that there are so many layers to any one topic - learn one thing and then you suddenly realise that you only learnt it to a certain extent and that there is so much more depth to that one thing. And she obviously didn’t mask everything. Some of the stuff she said was complicated, but she made it understandable. I didn’t feel at any point stupid or inadequate. She’d such a lovely person. So intelligent, but not arrogant with it at all. Most people know of David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins, even if they aren’t particularly interested in science or nature, and there is no doubt in my mind that Alice Roberts should absolutely be equated with them. I really cannot praise her enough - her personality, her work, even her looks. The talks today have made my week, probably my month and I’m not going to be forgetting today’s experience any time soon.

Watching a Dr Alice Roberts documentary called What Makes Us Human?, and she was talking about the differences between humans and other primates, and she said “we habitually walk upright”, but I wasn’t listening and heard it as “we bitchily walk upright” and I thought she was saying we developed upright carriage to be all passive aggressive to the other apes.