AFTER touring with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince continues his comic exploration of the human condition this Friday, with his new show, Happiness Through Science
"I will attempt to talk about everything in the known universe and some possibilities in the unknown universes, though I might not quite have the time for everything," the science populariser tells Journal 2.
Science, explains Ince, is an all inclusive way of looking at the world around us.
"It's everything from bonobo sexual behaviour to the idea that there are a possibly infinite number of yous in a possibly infinite number of worlds. It explains why you have thumbs, it looks the stars at night and the limpets on a North Devon beach so it's not as if there is a lack of subject matter. Science is not a subject, it is a way of thinking and in that way of thinking you can talk about everything."
His show promises to explore a world of Schrodinger cats, multiverses and evolutionary conundrums.
Has he personally found happiness through science?
"I think life is finite but knowing that every atom that makes you started in a stellar nursery and has made a myriad of different things from cherry tree blossom to herons or Lord Nelson's hat and that after you die those atoms will go on to continue being spread around the earth and universe seems like a pretty exciting journey to me," says the Sony Gold Award winner for the BBC Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage.
And just in case you are worried, you will not need to have studied Darwin to attend the show, Ince reassures: "You need no prior knowledge of anything to see the show, you only have to be interested – if you like staring blankly at TV, cynically dismissing any possible joy in life and would rather stamp on the flowers than smell them, then the show it is not for you. Anyone else, come along. This is not a science lecture, I've played to 12 year olds and 90 year olds and the ages in between, it's just about wondering why things are as they are."
Ince has won three Chortle Awards, including the Time Out Outstanding Achievement Award and was nominated for Best Live Show at the British Comedy Awards. Catch Happiness Through Science at studio@QT, Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple on Friday, November 9. Tickets: £13 (adult), £8 (student/young person). Box office: 01271 324242 or visit www.northdevontheatres.org. uk