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What does religion/spirituality have to offer to modern urban life?

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Many Londoners associate the religious or spiritual life with out-dated traditions of our grandparents and ancient steeples in the countryside—a relic of the past that is of not much relevance to busy city people in the 21st century. However, empirical research repeatedly chronicles benefits of religious activities on measures of physical and psychological health. In this talk I will summarise... View Article

Go Luck Yourself!

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Dr Matthew Smith leads us on a journey through a range of psychological research that suggests that ‘luck’ may not be the uncontrollable beast it first appears! By rethinking what luck is, is it possible to tame it… and even learn to be lucky?     Dr Matthew Smith Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Buckinghamshire New University,... View Article

The Midas Touch

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The city is full of opportunities to touch and we avoid it, stigma and moral panic create boundaries and barriers to platonic social touch. We are rammed up against each other on commuter trains, buses and tubes. Swerving out of the way as we launch ourselves through hoards of people on the high street, everything is about avoiding. How often... View Article

VIGOUR – Let’s get physical!

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Everyone knows that physical activity is important, how we get active, stay active, increase or reduce our physical activity impacts on our well-being. Find out the science behind how to feel vibrant, alive and increase your emotional and physical well-being. Dr Kate Hefferon Kate is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of East London. Kate graduated from... View Article

Beauty and the Beast; Finding an aesthetic through experiencing art in the urban surround

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What is everyday life and what is an art of living? When rushing about from A-B, The familiarity of the daily environment can result in a bland and passive attitude towards the objectivity of the visual aspect of surroundings. Emotional disengagement and alienation can occur. On a subjective level, without taking time to look we often refrain from taking notice.... View Article

Sex, Social Perspectives & Neural Pathways to Pleasure

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Welcome to our smorgasbord on sex – there’ll be lots to choose from, following what you’re most curious about; The regulation of pleasure (a social perspective, the ought’s & oughtn’ts) Sexuality and Asexuality (myths & stats) The neurobiology of pleasure, and addiction (why, how, and so what) Fucking for sport & love (individual experience & social context) Me, you, and... View Article

Taste: From the science behind it, to the culture of developing it.

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In a busy life, eating and drinking can seem to be time consuming tasks. In our quest for culinary convenience, we have developed a range of foods that appeal to as many people as possible, and satisfy our more basic instincts; the result is food that is bland, salty, fatty and/or sweet. We should respect what we put in our... View Article

‘Room to Breathe’ How architecture can lift your spirits

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Del Hossain Del is an entrepreneur who originally qualified & practiced as an Architect working on projects for Lord Norman Foster, before studying business. He is now the MD of the Adrem Group, London’s leading Design Recruitment Consultancy and Ascent TM a Management Consultancy to the design industry based in London and Hong Kong.  He runs an independent gallery in... View Article

Getting a Grip of Time

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New year, new you? Setting goals, making big plans for change then finding yourself a few weeks later unmotivated, fed-up and in the same position? Urban Woot’s launching On the Couch Salons at Blacks Club with conversations about time. The first Salon, with guest speaker Suzanne Hazelton will explore how we view time, with a view to you making more... View Article