ACT/ Contextual Behaviour Science Conference

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Please see this link for a number of interviews with people relevant to the conference.

The Follies

The Follies is a core feature of ACBS conferences. At the Edinburgh conference it will take place on the Thursday night from around 7.30pm - midnight. Basically it's a cabaret show, filled with funny songs, sketches, stand-up comedy routines, humorous PowerPoint presentations, premade videos, etc. And all of this funny and talented content is created by YOU: the conference delegates!

There will be a cash bar to facilitate you getting in touch with your values as a performer (yeah, right...), after the Follies there will be dancing, supported and enabled by our ACBS resident DJ - Eric Morris (who is coming especially to Edinburgh from Melbourne, Australia, just to DJ the Follies).

There are very few rules regarding the content - Firstly it has to be short (around 3 minutes is perfect. Longer and the shepherd's crook will be sweeping you off the stage!) Secondly, any aspect of ACT, Mindfulness, Behaviourism, therapy, RFT, CBS or any of the people you know in the ACT / CBS Community is fair game to be (gently and kindly) mocked.

The Follies actually comes from an important tradition: in the past 'The Truth' was what an authority deemed to be true. Then science came along and people started to look to their direct observations to determine what was true. But of course, human beings being as we are and loving to categorise things in hierarchies, began to automatically create hierarchies of people who could directly observe what was true and hence we have scientific authorities. The purpose of the Follies is to ensure that no idea, and no person in this community who has an idea, is immune to question, playfulness, challenge.

So delegates: get your creative powers focussed, anything you have seen in the ACT world that deserves to be made fun of is fair game. Produce your sketches, songs, PowerPoints, stand ups and either email to ensure I have your name down for a place in the Follies or come and see me during the conference (Hurry you only have the first day to do it).

My top tips are: if you have a funny song, produce a Powerpoint with the lyrics so people can see and sing along. If you are looking for a backing track to sing to, this is a good site

As a taster, and to inspire you to action here are some superbly talented videos that have been shown at previous ACBS Worldcons, courtesy of Daniel Ek:

Here is one from our very own Joe Oliver: CBS Wars

And here is one from Steven Hayes students, around 2010: