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Cafe Sci: "Who's afraid of groups and why?"

Prof. Chris Evans

University of Nottingham, Institute of Group Analysis and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

We are a deeply social species: the number of human beings who survive to adulthood without being nurtured by groups of other human beings is minute and they excite great fascination (Romulus and Remus, the wild boy of Aveyron, Kaspar Hauser).  The overwhelming majority of us survive to adulthood entirely through the work of both a nuclear family or guardianship system AND an extended social system of networks and groups that enables our development directly and also supports our nuclear group of origin without which that wouldn't survive.  We are a deeply social species and the Nottingham Cafe S&C is one example of a creative and constructive social group.My talk is about the power of groups and social collaboration to repair, preserve and promote mental health and why we, and the NHS, fear and avoid that.

MEETING FORMAT: Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details see introductory pages.


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  • Ash C.

    October 17, 2013

  • Annie S.

    Really interesting and enjoyable. Didn't realise beforehand that the foucs would be on mental health, but this was thought-provoking. Interesting and varied questions raised.

    October 15, 2013

  • Gillian L.

    Thank you so much for fitting me in - having only just seen this at 7.09 I am trying to envisage where I will park, but hope to be with you later.

    October 14, 2013

  • Nat T.

    Sorry for the late notice but I have to cancel due to illness. Hope the discussion goes well.

    October 14, 2013

  • Neil

    Sorry I have this flu condition and I have had it over the past fortnight hopefully i'll be able to come to the next one

    October 14, 2013

  • robert n.

    Trouble is something went to alot of trouble to make us individual
    and not take the easy route of being herd-like. Mental illness is often due to people abandoning their birth-right in trusting what is already imbued and adopting warped cultural alignments so promoted by governments like gain and loss.

    End of lecture.

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very happy a spot has opened up! Looking forward to this discussion.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interested in this topic!

    October 11, 2013

  • Anne h.

    I'm going to something else now, so whoever gets my place, i hope you and everyone else has an interesting evening.

    October 9, 2013

  • Nat T.

    I enjoyed the Neurodevelopmental Conditions talk today and I'm keen to try out another Cafe Sci. Is the venue full already? (I was the first timer who made the non-question about neurodiversity overlaps at the end).

    October 7, 2013

  • Rȯy

    Hope to there but will be a bit late. Drop me a line if my 'seat' is needed and I will RSVP no

    September 3, 2013

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