Idea Xchange

Looking for inspiration for a Bettakultcha presentation?

Or have you come across a story that you think is worth investigating further but don’t feel confident enough to present it yourself? You might even have a fully formed presentation ready to go that you’re too nervous (at the moment) to present yourself.

I know I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been chatting with someone and an interesting point is raised that I think would make a good Bettakultcha presentation. I just know that if I don’t get round to doing it, someone somewhere could do a great job of putting a fascinating presentation together to deliver at the next Bettakultcha.  So now, if me or Richard get an idea for a presentation that we can’t immediately get round to doing it’s going to be noted on here.

If you have a smorgasbord of Bettakultcha ideas that you’re simply too busy to utilise yourself, then record them here for others to make use of. If you can provide links to the article, cartoon, photo, event etc. that inspired the idea, even better. Leave your twitter name if you can in case people want to ask you something about the idea. Who knows what genius subjects might be developed?

Feel free to leave suggestions for interval activities too.


  1. There must be numerous examples of people having long held beliefs which are then contradicted by scientific evidence but the people continue to cling to these beliefs despite the evidence. Anyone like to stitch together a few examples and thus demonstrate how predictable we really are? One example of our inability to accept ‘reality’ is the hollowed out face illusion; we have never seen such an image in our entire evolutionary history and so our brains are unable to process it correctly.

    • An evolved brain can process everything. Enough to see that the only logic is not to believe something when you see it,specifically,scientifically under a microscope etc.
      The only logic that I see that fits every scientific discovery and believing in fairies is to believe in Everything until proven otherwise. Not everybody can grasp this, I know but eventually science just catches up and starts to reveal some amazing discoveries usually already Sci fi or Magic previously conceptualised but ridiculed. Historically you have to have to the big ridiculous idea for science to start proving otherwise and there are many ridiculous scientific theories up for argument in fact that is what a lot of them spend time doing, dark matter , old knowledge to a wizard, crystals vibrate massive energies, really really really. Regarding Catholics the organised religion is an example of telling people to believe something, they did that a lot back then. I think I may agree to the world being flat if I got totally outcast or burned as a witch for saying anything else, also the fact at the time was to all intents and purpose the world was flat back the how do you know it was not? How do you really know? If you are your own static axis mundi, shamaniclly the sun is revolving around the earth on which you stand

  2. “I was wondering — is there a post-postmodernism yet? Must be about time. Or are we still in the pre-post-postmodern age?” via Jeremy Irwin.

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    There must be numerous examples of people having long held beliefs which are then contradicted by scientific evidence but the people continue to cling to these beliefs despite the evidence. Anyone like to stitch together a few examples and thus demonstrate how predictable we really are?


    I suppose an obvious example is the Roman Catholic church’s insistence that the earth was at the centre of the universe.

    Just before his death, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) has his “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres” published. It was a subject that had interested him for at least 30 years. He showed how the movements of the “celestial spheres” could be explained without the assumption that the earth was the stationary centre of it all.

    For at least the next 70 years, Copernicus was regularly slagged off by dem holy Roman Catlicks, starting with its chief censor in the 1540s, a dolt named Spina. The very first item on his to-do list was “to stamp out the Copernican doctrine” (also known as heliocentrism).

    Cardinal Robert Bellarmine was still at it in 1615: “Genesis, the Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Joshua, you will find all agreeing in the literal interpretation that the sun is in heaven and turns around the earth with great speed, and that the earth is very far from heaven and sits motionless at the center of the world . . .”

    Around that time the church, possibly growing weary of kicking Copernicus’ corpse, turned its attention to Galileo. He was given a going-over for saying that this Copernicus chap might be on to something. He was finally convicted of heresy, years and years later. Or it may have been suspicion of heresy. He was put under house arrest for the rest of his life.

    And all the time, the earth continued its journeys around the sun . . .

    The church had a list of forbidden books in those days. Perhaps it still does. It wasn’t until 1758 that it dropped its prohibition of books advocating Copernican theory, although it continued to prohibit Copernicus’ book (now over 200 years old) and the one that Galileo finally managed to publish despite the efforts of the church censors.

    The two books were finally dropped from the forbidden list in 1835. Copernicus’ book had been written almost 300 years before, Galileo’s about 200.

    Had that not happened, then I am sure there would have been Catholics even today insisting that the sun revolves around the earth.

    <from Jeremy Irwin.

  4. It seems that Phil Kirby and Alison Pilling have an idea about a BK presentation that involves a monkey and a lot of poetry. I’m looking forward to this one…


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