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A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help

Ariane Sherine

When?
Monday, March 4 2019 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

Comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine created and organised the Atheist Bus Campaign, persuading Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association (Humanists UK) to support her – and buses with variations on the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” ran in 13 countries across the globe.

As a result, Ariane received an Inbox full of hate mail from Christians and other religious fanatics, which eventually led to a major nervous breakdown and suicidal ideation. She ended her journalistic career, and didn’t write again for over three years.

In this talk, she will tell the full story of how therapy and medication saved her life, prompting her to write her new book, Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help.

Ariane will also be signing copies of Talk Yourself Better after the talk. 

What people have said about Talk Yourself Better:

“Brilliant – makes the baffling comprehensible.” JEREMY VINE

"What an excellent, long-overdue idea! A super-accessible guide, through the bewildering marketplace of modern therapy, to ease our noble search for help." DERREN BROWN

“How do we cope with this brutal world? In this witty, revealing book Ariane Sherine runs through the ways. An excellent, funny and thought-provoking read for all who seek answers.” ARTHUR SMITH

“What makes Ariane Sherine’s Talk Yourself Better stand out from the crowd is its accessibility and humour; to be able to discuss difficult things with a lightness of touch and a comedy that does not trivialise is a rare skill indeed. This, combined with the honest – and often deeply moving – stories of clients and practitioners alike, makes this the ideal introduction to for anyone considering therapy for the first time.” BRIAN BILSTON

Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, New Statesman, New Humanist and The Spectator. She lives in London with her seven-year-old daughter, Lily.

 

The event takes place at The Monarch which has a full menu. Please get there early for a table and to order your food and drinks.

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What's the Truth Behind Age Verification?

Myles Jackman

When?
Monday, February 4 2019 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Myles Jackman

What's the talk about?

Obscenity Lawyer Myles Jackman asks what the truth behind age verification is by exposing the arguments, history and impacts of balancing child protection against adult free speech and privacy rights.

 
The Digital Economy Act 2017, which comes into force this March, will compel adult pornography websites in the UK to verify that their users are over the age of 18. This measure was predicated on the assumption that it would prevent under 18’s being “harmed” by pornography; yet has potentially disastrous unintended consequences for adult privacy and the free speech ecosystem.
 
Myles Jackman is the only lawyer in the UK who specialises in obscenity law and sexual freedoms. He is an award-winning lawyer and a leading expert in advising clients accused of sexual offences. He also provides a unique advisory service for clients in the arts and media; the adult industry; and offers pro bono advice for campaigns, organisations and activists particularly in the BDSM, LGBTQ, Sex-Work and Adult Industry communities. He was the defence solicitor in the landmark Michael Peacock and Simon Walsh obscenity trials. In the latter trial he was the first acting solicitor allowed to live tweet from a British trial. The same year, he was awarded the Junior Lawyer of the Year Excellence Award by the Law Society of England and Wales.  
 

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How we misunderstand the ancient world

Dr Stacy Hackner

When?
Monday, January 7 2019 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Dr Stacy Hackner

What's the talk about?

We often see the past through the lens of media, who take great leaps with facts.

Do you imagine cavemen going out to club a bear while cavewomen stayed home with the kids? Did you learn in school that the Greeks invented civilization? Do you believe that aliens built the pyramids? When you see the image of apes evolving into man, do you stop to question the idea that it represents a progression to the ultimate goal of contemporary Western civilization? These are all myths about the ancient world perpetuated by the media, uninformed pseudoscientists, and sometimes outright racists. The way we teach history tends to focus a model of humanity that’s reinforcing 1950s white gender roles and reproducing capitalist patriarchy. I’ll discuss a few ways in which a common conception of the past doesn’t add up, why we’ve come to think of history in this biased way, and how we can continue to question and correct these misunderstandings.

 

Dr Stacy Hackner is a bioarchaeologist focusing on ancient activity patterns in Sudan and diseases in 19th-century Cyprus. She has excavated human remains in four countries and lectures at UCL and Glyndwr University. She has also worked in public engagement at UCL Museums and at science festival booths, where she has learned to battle conspiracy theorists.

 

The event takes place at The Monarch which has a full menu. Please get there early for a table and to order your food and drinks.

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Nigel Blackwood

When?
Monday, December 3 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Nigel Blackwood

What's the talk about?

Criminal behaviour is inherently fascinating. Endless hours of TV and countless novels are written about it. Forensic psychiatrists spend their lives exploring the links between mental illness and crime.

Are we any closer to understanding why individuals are seriously violent toward others?

What treatments are available for such individuals? How sympathetic are the courts to mental illness defences?

What happens in secure hospitals and prisons?

Which novels and films get closest to the truth?

Nigel Blackwood is a clinical academic in Forensic Psychiatry, working at King's College London and in HMP Wandsworth.

£3 to cover expenses.

As it's our festive meeting, there will be treats. If you've been good.

Richard Clarke

When?
Monday, November 5 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Richard Clarke

What's the talk about?

Recent data from the World Health Organisation has indicated record high cases of measles in 2018. Increasing from 5,273 in 2016, to 23,927 in 2017, to 41,000 people as of only August this year 

These cases have subsequently led to hundreds of hospitalisations and over 50 recorded deaths. While some of these cases were in those too young to be vaccinated, or those who had other health concerns that made vaccination inadvisable, the majority of the cases are thought to be in people who have actively made a choice to avoid immunisation.

The reasons why an individual may refuse a vaccine that is backed by extremely strong safety and efficacy evidence are wide ranging and complex. In this talk, Richard Clarke will introduce you to the concept of Vaccine Hesitancy and explain how risk perception, uncertainty, social influence and above all trust plays a role in vaccine delay, selection and refusal.

Richard Clarke is a health psychologist and 3rd year PhD candidate with The Vaccine Confidence Project based at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The academic field of vaccination is very wide, Richard's area of expertise focuses on the “fluffy” social science related to vaccine delivery. For all things vaccine science please visit The Vaccine Knowledge Project.

How The Internet Answers All Of My Silly Questions

James O'Malley

When?
Monday, October 1 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
James O'Malley

What's the talk about?

Have you ever wondered:

Which Fast Food Chain Is The Grossest?

Can Twitter Keep A Secret?

Was 2016 Really A Terrible Year For Celebrity Deaths?

No? Well, James O’Malley has, and he promises you the answers are pretty interesting. He’ll take us through some of his in-depth, data driven research into some of the most pressing questions. There’ll be spreadsheets! Graphs! Maybe we’ll look at some source code on the screen - but whatever happens, by the end we will know what a country’s maniac drivers can tell us about its government, and how to write some computer code that can read Donald Trump’s mind.

James O'Malley is a journalist and writer specialising in politics, technology and data. He is currently Interim Editor of Gizmodo UK and has previously written for the likes of TechRadar, Engineering & Technology Magazine, and The New Statesman. He was previously the creator and editor of The Pod Delusion podcast, which he produced with his partner Liz Lutgendorff.

Professor Andrew Przybylski

When?
Monday, September 3 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Professor Andrew Przybylski

What's the talk about?

The debate about children and technology has increasingly captured public interest over the past year. Public conversations about screen time have gradually become more heated and divisive; scientific evidence often becomes a casualty in the process.

Over the past few months, the UK government has been collecting written and oral evidence to complete a parliamentary inquiry about the effects of social media and screen time on child well-being.

Professor Andrew Przybylski will look at how to tell the difference between evidence, scaremongering and moral panic.

Andrew Przybylski is a social scientist based at the University of Oxford. His research applies Self-Determination Theory, a macro-theory of human motivation, to study a wide range of psychological processes. His primary interests are focused on the role of motivation for people when they are engaged with virtual and real-life environments.

In particular, he is interested in what makes electronic games and social media motivating and what leads people to vary in the degree to which they succeed in regulating their engagement.

£3 contribution to cover expenses.

Here’s a taster of the talk.

 

Ash Price

When?
Monday, July 2 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Ash Price

What's the talk about?

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the travelling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery taught him by a wise man in the Philippines (or a magicians’ tool book, whichever sounds more wondrous).

See with amazement the telekinetic forces at work as you learn how to move objects with your mind, psychically manipulate your finest silverware and read the minds of your peers.

Or maybe, it’s all just a trick? The show will involve demonstrations and explanations of telekinesis tricks, metal bending, psychic surgery and remote viewing as well as look at government funded research into psychic phenomena, and the shoddy protocols that allowed “psychics” to beat the legendary Zener card experiments in the 1930s.

And if that wasn’t enough, there will be numerous on-stage demonstrations of mentalism. Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!

Stagetime Promotions Magician of the Year 2017, and Edinburgh Horror Festival Sell out performer 2016 and 2017, Ash Pryce brings his crowd-pleasing mix of paranormal illusions, comedy and entertainment to the UK as part of a summer tour of 2018. Find Ash on most social media as “Psychic Conman” and check out his website .

£3 to cover expenses

Please note we don't meet in August. We'll be back on September 3.

 

Cerys Bradley

When?
Monday, June 4 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Cerys Bradley

What's the talk about?

 For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community. What makes gay people gay? How does sexuality affect one's behaviour, appearance or ability to raise children? These are the questions that science has asked and the answers have had an impact not only within the scientific world but also on public policy and the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens.

Given the highly politicised nature of the topic, it is perhaps not surprising to discover biases and prejudices hidden in the construction, conduction, and conclusions of these studies but are they still valuable contributions to science?

PhD student (and lesbian) Cerys Bradley will discuss the scientific research into the LGBTQ+ community as well as its societal implications, and ask "just because science can ask a question, should it?".

£3 to cover expenses

Genetic ancestry testing – the hype and the reality

Debbie Kennett

When?
Tuesday, May 8 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Debbie Kennett

What's the talk about?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing went mainstream in 2017 and more than 16 million people around the world have now tested. Marketing campaigns encourage people to test to learn if they are a Viking or a Celt or to discover what percentages of their DNA come from different parts of the world.

But can a DNA test really tell you where you are from? Is your DNA your destiny? Debbie Kennett cuts through the hype and tells you what you can and can’t learn from a DNA test.

Debbie Kennett is a genealogist who has been using genetic testing as part of her research since 2007. She is now internationally recognised as an expert on genetic genealogy. She has lectured on the subject throughout Britain and Ireland and has also been an invited speaker at genealogy conferences in North America and Portugal. In 2013 she was appointed as an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. Debbie writes about DNA testing for all the UK family history magazines and is the author of two books, DNA and Social Networking and The Surnames Handbook.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TUESDAY

£3 to cover expenses.

Dr James Erskine

When?
Monday, April 16 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Dr James Erskine

What's the talk about?

 PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE

 

One common human experience is to formulate an intention to behave in a certain way, for example to have only one drink in the pub, to return the dry cleaning on time, or not to talk to the attractive colleague at work. However, it is equally the case that on many of these occasions we not only fail to complete our intention but often do something resembling the complete opposite. This talk will examine some explanations for why this might be so common and potential ways to regain a degree of measured control.

Dr James Erskine trained as a psychologist and holds a BSc in psychology, MSc in statistics and research methods, PhD in psychology and a second clinical doctorate in counselling psychology. He has studied and worked in various universities (Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Harvard, Regents, St George’s) and hospitals and GP surgeries as an educator, researcher and clinician. He currently runs a therapy centre in London and Hertfordshire providing treatment excellence to private clients and companies.

 

£3 to cover expenses

Professor Sophie Scott

When?
Monday, March 5 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Professor Sophie Scott

What's the talk about?

Professor Scott will be addressing sense and nonsense and humans brains, and what we think we should be looking for in the study of sex differences.

“My experience of science is that your threshold for accepting data can be really low if you say you’re looking at sex differences. Gender is the outcome of the way that we treat human beings from the minute they're born and people are interested in knowing if they're boys or girls,” she says. “We then start constructing a world round them.”

Sophie Scott is a research scientist who investigates human communication and the human brain, with a particular emphasis on the neurobiological basis of vocal communication and how this can go wrong. She is particularly interested in addressing both verbal and non-verbal aspects of vocal communication and has pioneered the study of the neuroscience of laughter. At night, she attempts to turn theory into practice by performing stand-up comedy. Sophie was the Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer in 2017

£3 contribution to cover expenses