THE DISCOMFORT OF DOUBT AT THE HEART OF KNOWLEDGE
The contribution of knowledge in improving the human condition throughout history is more than evident. The path has not always been linear, and many emphasise the price we had to pay to get here. But in every field of knowledge, discovery and innovation followed similar steps. From mathematics to philosophy, engineering to medicine, and cooking to gardening, the motivation has always been the same: curiosity and imagination. The kind of people and planet we want, in the medium to long term, is the theme and questions posed at maat by Alexandre Quintanilha, a PhD in Physics, and a researcher and founder of various centres of research, and courses in the fields of biology, environment, and applied physics. He has studied oxidative stress in living beings and is interested in the way we deal with risk. Today, he is a member of the Portuguese parliament and hopes to contribute to knowledge-based politics.
SCIENCE IS FICTION
Do you feel that complex new scientific topics or words are rapidly invading our daily lives? Do you know what biodegradability means? Or biodesign? Or what the abbreviation AI stands for? Or that psychedelics is an important mental health science?
The museum organises several talks with scientists, mathematicians, engineers, doctors, PhDs, artists and other experts. These sessions aim to bridge the gap between science (often complex and coded) and society in general. Speakers are invited to address complex topics in clear but non-simplistic language. Children and adults are welcome. Everyone will leave feeling more enlightened.