Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Weird Animal Sex

You’re going to love our next TEDx speaker! Pat Senson spent eight years behind the scenes at CBC’s wonderful science program Quirks and Quarks, where his work won many awards. A biologist and journalist by trade, he knows a great story when he hears it – and he knows how to tell it as well.

And tell it he does in his book exploring the more bizarre behaviours of animals – Nasty, Brutish and Short: The Quirks and Quarks Guide to Animal Sex and Other Weird Behaviour. This book has all the ingredients of a popular novel – conflict, intrigue and sex – yet it’s E Rated (E for educational).

I heard Pat interviewed on the radio about this book and I just knew we had to have him at TEDx. We've all seen lots of movies where 'boy meets girl, boy chases girl, boy gets girl', with all the trials and tribulations along the way. But you ain't't heard nuthin' yet! Wait until you hear Pat unfold this tale as transposed to a certain species of spiders!

In his spare time, Pat participates in amateur theatre and I think the audience is going to love him. It’s getting exciting to see a mix of topics and speakers emerging for our program.

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