I gave at talk to the Cockermouth Cafe Sci group held at the Moota Garden Centre, click here for more details. There were 50 local folks who attended on a very foggy night in the Lake District and we had a lovely conversation about 'What makes an animal smart?' I strongly encourage academics to connect with the public via the Cafe Sci format. The speaker usually talks for 20-30 minutes, followed by a short break (to replenish coffee or beer). The last bit of the evening is an interactive q & a with the audience. To find your local Cafe Sci group, click here.