The most salacious scientific lecture in history

One for the ages

Why Evolution Is True

This is the story of how a professor was so intent on convincing the public of his findings that he put on the most bizarre and salacious public display conceivable, completely oblivious to what he was doing. I’d heard of this before, but today’s “Seriously Science” column at Discover Magazine recounts a lecture given in 1983 by Professor Giles Brindley, a British physiologist born in 1926 and still with us, undoubtedly still shamed by what he did in 1983.

The column quotes from a 2005 paper by Laurence Klotz in the journal BJU International (formerly the organ of the British Journal of Urology; the paper is, sadly, behind a paywall): How (not) to communicate new scientific information: a memoir of the famous Brindley lecture.” Here’s part of the column that details Klotz’s eyewitness account of the incident:

“In 1983, at the Urodynamics Society meeting in Las Vegas, Professor G.S. Brindley first…

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