London provides such a wonderful opportunity to meet other great thinkers, artists, academics, etc., and most of the time these events and spaces are FREE. I hope you take advantage of every interesting talk that LSE, SOAS or UCL might have organised. Every cool event Time Out London has advertising for this weekend. Every lunchtime session or symposium that Syracuse London organises. All of it and more, as it’s unique to what’s happening in this city that you have decided to call home for 16 weeks, at this specific moment in our history and it might (or at least we hope) open your eyes and ears to perspectives that you might not have witnessed before.
I’ve chosen just a few highlights for you for the upcoming week:
- Tuesday, 17 October at 6.30pm – Digital Selves talk at LSE (10 minutes from Faraday House): “How does our ubiquitous digital culture affect our sense of self? Is the self distorted, or do we now possess an invigorating digital selfdom? Should we revise our philosophical conceptions of the self in the light of social media? Our panel of writers, artists, and political theorists explore what happens to memory, to emotion, and to thought in the age of Google.” Free and open to all.
- Wednesday, 18 October at 6.30pm – Post-Truth: why we have reached peak bullshit and what we can do about it talk at LSE: “Never has there been more concern about dishonesty in public life. From President Trump to the Brexit debate, we hear constant talk of falsehoods and fake news, and appeals to alternative facts. In his new book, Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It, which he will discuss at this event, Evan Davis steps inside the panoply of deception and spin employed not just in recent politics, but in all walks of life to explain why bullshit is both pervasive and persistent. Drawing on behavioural science, economics, psychology and his knowledge of the media, Evan will discuss why bullshit has apparently become the communications strategy of our time.” Free and open to all.
- Wednesday, 18 October at 5.30pm – Professor Jonathan Roiser’s inaugural lecture: Understanding the depressed brain at UCL. Free and open to all.
- Until Sunday, 15 October – Why Music? The Key to Memory at the Wellcome Collection. FREE “With the help of acclaimed musicians, scientists and experts, ‘Why Music? The Key to Memory’ explores the implications of music’s unique capacity to be remembered, and keep us in the moment, through wide-ranging discussions and live performances.”
- Please remember that October is Black History Month in the UK, check out current events here: http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/listings/region/greater-london/
Have a wonderful weekend!
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