22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Robert Newman: Total Eclipse of Descartes

Robert Newman is a British stand-up comedian, author and political activist. He brings his BBC Radio 4 series Total Eclipse of Descartes show to bluedot tackling the world of philosophy.

In a world gone crazy, can philosophy help? Rob Newman attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times by sifting through 3000 years of thought: from Pythagoras to Artificial Intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers.

His new ten part Radio 4 series Raiders of the Lost Aardvark is a history of the world told through extinct species and extinction events.

“Intellectually charged and adorably ambitious…a delightfully digestible dose of brain food” – The Times, 2018

“He is one amazing comedian” – Time Out

“Hugely entertaining, gleefully jaunty and refreshingly intelligent…I loved it.” – The Guardian, 2018

Winner: Best Scripted Comedy – BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019

Winner: Best Comedy with a live audience – BBC Audio Drama Awards, 2017

Days

Saturday 2019