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Nerd Nite 39: Lets Get Political


Wed 20 Sep 2017, 6:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Meow, 9 Edward St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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Listed by: Delphine Mitchell

Welcome back - we missed you! This month all of our speakers will be talking about political vagaries of one form or another.

As always, seating may run out, so don’t rock up at 6:30 pm expecting to get a decent seat - or one at all.

Speaker details (in no particular order):

Richard Arnold - What goes wrong with political polls and referenda?
When the public are asked questions about what they think, the results can be unexpected. What goes wrong with political polls and referenda? Why are they sometimes such bad barometers of public opinion? With our own election mere days away, can we believe what we’re hearing in the media about the way New Zealanders are going to vote?
Richard Arnold is a lecturer and researcher in Statistics at Victoria University of Wellington and is also the election night forecast statistician for TVNZ. He will discuss some of the more and less obvious pitfalls of opinion polling.

Dave Frame - What's the deal with climate change?
How come climate scientists can be confident that climate change is caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and why doesn’t our good scientific understanding of the problem translate into effective global action?
Dave Frame is a lecturer and researcher in Climate change and Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. His talk will cover the gambit of physics, game theory, and technology as applied to climate change modeling.

Damian Reid - I have the solution!
NZ politics is in turmoil. None of the current political parties can be trusted to sit the right way on a toilet let alone govern a country. What NZ needs is a benevolent dictator and there is only one person who can fill that role and that person is ... (you need to come along to find out)
Damian Reid was born at an early age and will die eventually. In the mean time he keeps busy as MC for Armageddon, spending time with his dog and plotting to take over the world if he can just find his lucky socks.

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