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A Day on Human Potential
Learn how to become the best version of you in this full day of talks on the science, psychology and philosophy of human potential. To buy your ticket, go to this link: A full day pass costs £40, or £20 for students. Use the code LPC for a 10% discount Do you have free will? Or are you simply a product of your culture? Can you consciously change your personality? Or is it set in stone from a young age? Why are life crises (quarter, mid and late) so common in modern society? And how can you use them as a catalyst for personal growth? These are just some of the questions we’ll be exploring at this upcoming Day on Potential at The Weekend University, in partnership with the London Philosophy Club. In this series of talks, we’ll explore the science, psychology, and philosophy of human potential. We’ll discuss evidence-based ways human beings transform, grow and develop over time, and how you can use these insights to realise more of your potential in this lifetime. You’ll learn: – The truth about free will. Do you actually have it? Or are you simply a product of your culture? – The surprising link between life crises (quarter, mid & late) and personal growth – The science of personality change. Can you consciously change your personality? Or is it set in stone from a young age? You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how these ideas can help you become a better version of you, and also how to bring out the best in those around you. Format The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on the science, psychology and philosophy of human potential. 10:00am – 12:00pm: Session 1 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Session 2 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break 3:15pm – 5:00pm: Session 3 Lectures & Speakers The Science of Personality Change – Dr Christian Jarrett, PhD, editor of British Psychology Society Research Digest Your personality is the set of basic traits that makes you you, influencing your habits of thought and behaviour. But how fixed are they? The great American psychologist William James said that our personality is set like plaster by age 30. But new findings show that while there is a degree of stability in our traits, we also continue to change in meaningful ways through our lives – our personalities are more like plastic than plaster. Crisis & The Release of Human Potential – Dr Oliver Robinson, Greenwich University In a nationwide survey, participants were asked to evaluate whether their life was in a major crisis. 22% said yes, 33% said maybe, and 45% said no. So why is crisis so prevalent in adult life? Does it have a function, or are humans just inherently fragile? In this talk, Dr Oliver Robinson explores how crises can help you unlock new potential that would otherwise remain dormant, that they have a clear function in acting as a stimulus for seeking new information, making positive changes, and making new (sometimes hard) discoveries about ourselves and the reality around us. Free Will & Human Potential– philosopher Julian Baggini Do you have free will? Or are you simply a product of your culture? How much responsibility should you take for your actions? Are your neural pathways fixed early on by a mixture of nature and nurture, or is the possibility of comprehensive, intentional psychological change always open? What role does your brain play in the construction of free will, and how much scientific evidence is there for the existence of it? Once again, you need to book your ticket through this link: Get 10% off through the code LPC

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    The London Philosophy Club holds free talks from some of the leading contemporary philosophers, including (recently) Robert Skidelsky, John Gray, Galen Strawson, Angie Hobbs and Stephen Cave. We also organise debates, socials, and a regular reading group. Our events are fun, accessible and interactive, and are all guided by our belief that philosophy improves people's lives and should be open to all.

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