Feel like you have no idea what anyone is talking about most of the time? We’ve compiled our top 5 talks for February that will give you the knowledge you need to rise to level of your peers, and beyond. We have now have lectures springing up all over the country, to see it all, visit this link: http://bit.ly/2BiyrbL
WHEN: 7th Feb 7pm to 9pm
WHERE: Camden, London
WHEN: 7th February 7pm to 9pm
WHERE: Shoreditch, London
Communication is at the heart of life. Whether you intend it to be or not, conversation or lack of conversation is what defines almost every relationship you have from the boardroom to the bedroom. But do you actually know what is going on when you have a conversation? Although most of talk all day long, we are not really aware of what we are doing, how we are being perceived and how what we are saying is being received. We’re not sure how to get the information we want.
In this talk you learn that a number of conversations are happening simultaneously in each discussion you have. You will learn what these are and key skills to make sure that you improve your conversations and relationships and manage to get more out of them and more out of life. You will learn when to read between the lines and when not to! How to listen to what people are really saying. You will also learn skills that will help you improve your chances of getting what you want out of conversations.
There will be a Q&A at the end of the talk (conversation is a two-way street!), so that you can get all your questions answered and leave feeling that you understand what is needed to have the conversations that are most important to you.
WHEN: 13th February 7pm to 9pm
WHERE: Brick Lane, London
Why do we need love in our lives? How can love be a source of such intense euphoria but at the same time be so incredibly painful? Why are some people better at staying in relationships than others? And is it really the case that love is addictive?
Dr Anna Machin will explain how a wonderful cocktail of chemicals motivates us to form relationships, how a complex mix of our genetics and psychology combine to influence how we feel when we are in love and what all this new scientific knowledge means for the way we will love in the future.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, this is one you won’t want to miss
WHEN: 13th February 7pm to 9.30pm
WHERE: Dale Street, Manchester
The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.
The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!
Tonight, we are going to break those rules. Using themes and quotes from the book and Film “Fight Club”. I’ll discuss how they relate to concepts from Existential Philosophy (Nietzsche, Sartre, Kierkegaard) and how we might use Existential Philosophy to live more passionate meaningful lives, face adversity and stay mentally tough. I’ll also refer to existential writers and existential psychotherapists.
Existential Philosophy and Psychotherapy are focused on human freedom, choice, responsibility, meaning, purpose, individuality, authenticity, anxiety, isolation and relationships. In this talk I’ll cover these topics as well as self-concept, mental health consumerism, male identity and masculinity, death and mortality, suicide, denial, God and abandonment. I’d say that’s pretty good value.
If you haven’t seen the film or read the book it doesn’t matter you’ll still be able to follow this talk and I won’t put any spoilers in.
WHEN: 7th March 7pm to 9pm
WHERE: St Paul’s Road, Bristol
Physical health, emotional wellbeing and cognitive functioning are inextricably entangled within the altered state we encounter in dreams. Sleep states can be easily optimised through good practice and conscious effort, but in the modern world, we often find ourselves rushed out of bed, over-stimulated, caffeinated, light-polluted and essentially not ‘fully present’.
The effect sleep has upon our happiness and fitness is woefully underestimated by contemporary zombie culture. To return to a more natural state, we have to find a way to dis-engage from the unnatural rhythms of technology and re-harmonise with biological rhythms set by the cycles of the planet. To be healthy, our circadian clock should be set by the natural phases of light and dark experienced as Earth rotates on its axis.