• A Day on Resilience (video conference)

    Online event

    Learn how to improve psychological wellbeing during times of crisis. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ **Please note: this is a ticketed event. RSVP on meetup will not get access on the day.** For information on the lectures, speakers, and tickets, please see: bit.ly/lpc-resilience ____________________________________________________________________________________________ We’re at a pivotal moment in human history. As a global community, we’re in one of our most challenging periods since World War Two. The economy has halted, schools have shut, and there is widespread panic, fear, and uncertainty. Not only that, the nature of what we’re going through requires that we distance ourselves from our fellow human beings. Arguably, COVID-19 is going to affect us psychologically, as much as it does physically. And to get through it (both individually and collectively), it’s going to require heightened levels of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and mental strength. So, in this online conference, we’ll explore three evidence-based approaches to help you become more resilient during times of crisis. You’ll learn: - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; how to use ACT to improve your psychological wellbeing during difficult times – Shamash Alidina - Existential Approaches to Crisis; how to apply existential ideas to thrive during your darkest hour – Professor Emmy van Deurzen - Using CBT & Stoic Philosophy to Overcome Adversity; how to combine ancient wisdom with modern scientific research to help you use adversity to your advantage– Jules Evans You’ll learn how these insights can improve your own wellbeing, but also your ability to help others too. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ **Please note: this is a ticketed event. RSVP on meetup will not get access on the day.** For tickets, please click here: bit.ly/lpc-resilience

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  • Philosophies for Life course

    Psychosynthesis Trust

    Who are you? How can you know yourself, change yourself, heal yourself and grow to your full potential? This two-day course teaches you eight ways to understand the self, eight approaches to self-change, and how they can be integrated together. Feedback from the November course: ‘Awesome. Intense. Interesting. Insightful.’ ‘Absolutely amazing. I've been on a real high since the course.’ ‘I felt I gained a number of insights that are immediately useful to my life and future.’ Most courses only teach one approach to the self, one therapeutic or philosophical modality (mindfulness, CBT etc). But such an approach is inevitably one-sided and partial. In the words of Aldous Huxley, the original sin is over-simplification. This course, by contrast, explores the different levels at which our experience can be understood – and changed – and how these multiple levels can be integrated into a comprehensive philosophy of life. It will explore philosophy in the ancient Greek or Indian sense of a practical training to change the psyche and find flourishing. There are only 12 places on the course - six women and six men - so that we have an even number and gender balance. The course balances interesting content with lots of exercises done in pairs or as a group. It's a fascinating journey. The entire course costs £200 but you can get it for £180 if you book before Feb 9. To book your place, email me at [masked] The course takes place at the Psychosynthesis Trust near London Bridge station. Here’s the structure. Each session explores a way of understanding the self, and how we can transcend it. Saturday February 29 - 10.30am - 4.30pm Morning session: 1) You are not just your thoughts (Stoicism / CBT) 2) You are not just your emotions (Buddhist equanimity / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Afternoon session: 3) You are not just your conscious rationality (The automatic mind, Jung and the shadow) 4) You are not just your body (William James and the embodied mind, somatic therapy and body-mindfulness) Sunday March 1, 10.30am-4.30pm Morning session: 5) You are not just your relationships (Bowlby and attachment theory, inherited trauma and family dynamics, authentic relating) 6) You are not just your job (Status anxiety and burn out, how to work with non-attachment, the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai) Afternoon session: 7) You are not just your class, ethnicity, sexuality or gender (The social determinants of well-being and the impact of discrimination) 8) You are not just your species (Eco-psychology in the Anthropocene) The course is taking place at the Psychosynthesis Trust in London Bridge, 92-94 Tooley St, London SE1 2TH If you’re interested in booking a place, please email me at [masked] About the course teacher: Jules Evans is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012), which was published in 20 countries and was a Times book of the year. Adrian Edmondson said ‘this book saved my life’. Jules is also the author of The Art of Losing Control (2017) and Holiday From the Self (2019). He is a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He was a BBC New Generation Thinker and a presenter on Radio 4’s History of Ideas series. You can watch Jules’ TEDX talk, ‘how philosophy can save your life’, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuwYvFlNGns His website is www.philosophyforlife.org

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  • A day on consciousness: Rupert Sheldrake, Anil Seth, Iain McGilchrist

    Birkbeck, University of London

    Neuroscience, Hallucinations and Panpsychism; A full day of talks exploring the fascinating science of consciousness. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ **Please note: this is a ticketed event. RSVP on meetup will not get access on the day.** For tickets, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-day-on-consciousness-tickets-90014121661?aff=LondonPhilosophyClub ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Right now, tens of billions of neurons are working together in your brain so that you can read these words. How does this happen? For the longest time, consciousness was life’s greatest mystery; something we thought we’d never understand. Now, recent advances in neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry are beginning to shed some light on the inner workings of this mystery, and the findings are nothing less than astounding. In this series of talks, we’ll explore the fascinating science of consciousness; how it works, why it matters, and how understanding it, can improve your everyday experience of reality. You’ll learn: - Neuroscience, perception and hallucination; the latest cutting edge research in the neuroscience of consciousness, how consciousness emerges from the brain, and how changes to our brain can result in bizarre experiences of consciousness - Professor Anil Seth PhD - Matter and consciousness; the relationship between matter and consciousness - are they two things, or one? How necessary are brains to consciousness? And why do we have consciousness at all? - Dr Iain McGilchrist, PhD (via exclusive live video link) - Panpsychism and consciousness; the growing evidence for a ‘conscious universe’, how the world ‘out there’, including our planet, sun and solar system, may be associated with some form of mind and self organising system - Dr Rupert Sheldrake, PhD You’ll learn how these insights can deepen your own understanding of the world we live in, and enhance your everyday perception of reality. For information on the lectures, speakers, and tickets, please see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-day-on-consciousness-tickets-90014121661?aff=LondonPhilosophyClub ____________________________________________________________________________________________ **Please note: this is a ticketed event. RSVP on meetup will not get access on the day.** Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-day-on-consciousness-tickets-90014121661?aff=LondonPhilosophyClub

  • The Ethics of Debt and Finance: a Talk by Alexander Douglas

    Conway Hall

    £8.00

    In this special event, philosopher Alexander Douglas (author of The Philosophy of Debt) aims to clarify the concept of debt so we can find better answers to important moral and political questions. For economists (and philosophers) debt has traditionally been seen in benign terms - in essence a means for allowing a borrower to spend future income by making use of the temporarily unwanted, and saved, cash of a lender, usually in return for payment of interest. Yet lending at interest has often been deliberately used by creditors to generate unpayable debts, with the aim of reducing debtors to enduring servitude. Historically, such forms of debt servitude involved collusion on the part of creditors, such that early economists thought that these forms would be swept away by modern competitive capitalism. But, as Douglas will argue, this does not seem to be what happened. Rather, the modern financial system has preserved the old feudal structure and continues to enable the generation of unpayable loans, dividing society into two castes - creditors and debtors. Sweeping such practices under the benign and neutral sounding concept of 'debt' serves only to conceal the social and political reality - an agenda of obfuscation that we should resist. Alexander Douglas is a lecturer in philosophy in the School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews. His interests include the work of Baruch Spinoza as well as the philosophy of macroeconomics. This event is a collaboration between the London Philosophy Club, Bigg Books, and the Philosophical Society of England (PSE). It is being sponsored by The Philosopher, the UK's longest-running public philosophy journal. For further information, please go to the website of The Philosopher ( https://www.thephilosopher1923.org/events) TICKETS MUST BE BOUGHT IN ADVANCE VIA EVENTBRITE Tickets cost £8, with £5 for usual concessions. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ethics-of-debt-and-finance-a-talk-by-alexander-douglas-tickets-90993428795

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  • Philosophies for Life course

    Psychosynthesis Trust

    Who are you? How can you know yourself, change yourself, heal yourself and grow to your full potential? This two-day course teaches you eight ways to understand the self, eight approaches to self-change, and how they can be integrated together. Most courses only teach one approach to the self, one therapeutic or philosophical modality (mindfulness, CBT etc). But such an approach is inevitably one-sided and partial. In the words of Aldous Huxley, the original sin is over-simplification. This course, by contrast, explores the different levels at which our experience can be understood – and changed – and how these multiple levels can be integrated into a comprehensive philosophy of life. It will explore philosophy in the ancient Greek or Indian sense of a practical training to change the psyche and find flourishing. Here’s the structure. Each session explores a way of understanding the self, and how we can transcend it. Saturday November 30 - 10.30am - 4.30pm Morning session: 1) You are not just your thoughts (Stoicism / CBT) 2) You are not just your emotions (Buddhist equanimity / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Afternoon session: 3) You are not just your conscious rationality (The automatic mind, Jung and the shadow) 4) You are not just your body (William James and the embodied mind, somatic therapy and body-mindfulness) Sunday December 1, 10.30am-4.30pm Morning session: 5) You are not just your relationships (Bowlby and attachment theory, inherited trauma and family dynamics, authentic relating) 6) You are not just your job (Status anxiety and burn out, how to work with non-attachment) Afternoon session: 7) You are not just your class, ethnicity, sexuality or gender (The social determinants of well-being and the impact of discrimination) 8) You are not just your species (Eco-psychology in the Anthropocene) The course group will be limited to 12 spaces, to keep the group small and give people a chance to get to know each other. We will do lots of exercises and games to practice the new ideas we’re exploring. The course is taking place at the Psychosynthesis Trust in London Bridge, 92-94 Tooley St, London SE1 2TH The entire course costs £180. If you’re interested in booking a place, please email me at [masked], saying a couple of lines about yourself and why you want to do the course. About the course teacher: Jules Evans is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012), which was published in 20 countries and was a Times book of the year. Adrian Edmondson said ‘this book saved my life’. Jules is also the author of The Art of Losing Control (2017) and Holiday From the Self (2019). He is a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He was a BBC New Generation Thinker and a presenter on Radio 4’s History of Ideas series. You can watch Jules’ TEDX talk, ‘how philosophy can save your life’, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuwYvFlNGns His website is www.philosophyforlife.org

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  • How to be a Marxist: Martin Hägglund and Lea Ypi

    Conway Hall

    If this life is all there is, what should we do with it? Or, how rigorous secularism leads to socialism. Yale philosopher Martin Hägglund and LSE philosopher Lea Ypi will consider some of the deepest questions of existence, arguing that only by stripping away their subtle illusions can we discover the true value of our earthly freedom. Through clarifying terms like socialism and capitalism, and by looking back to the core values that underpinned Marx's philosophy, Hägglund and Ypi will explore why Marx is in fact the strongest defender of key liberal values such as liberty, and equality, and how commitment to such values must inevitably lead us to a form of democratic socialism. Martin Hägglund is Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Yale. He has been hailed by Richard Klein as “the most important young philosopher in the United States.” His new book, 'This Life: Why Mortality Makes Us Free' is published in August by Profile Books. Lea Ypi is Professor in Political Theory in the Government Department, London School of Economics, and author of 'Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency'. This event is a collaboration between the London Philosophy Club, Bigg Books, and the Philosophical Society of England (PSE). It is being sponsored by The Philosopher, the UK's longest-running public philosophy journal. For further information, please go to the website of The Philosopher: https://www.thephilosopher1923.org/events THIS IS AN ADVANCE TICKET ONLY EVENT AND IS NOW SOLD OUT.

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  • Beyond Bullshit Jobs

    Conway Hall

    £6.00

    In this special event, leading American political philosopher Elizabeth Anderson (Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan) will deliver a lecture entitled "The Work Ethic: Ideology for Bullshit Jobs or Meaningful Work?" in which she will reconsider the history of the work ethic in light of critiques lately made by David Graeber, following a tradition found in Max Weber and John Maynard Keynes. Looking back to its origins in 17th century Puritanism, she will argue that the critiques of the work ethic overlook a progressive work ethic tradition that exalted workers, promoted meaningful work, and condemned the exploitative and destructive business models that characterize the current era of crony capitalism. Following her lecture, Anderson will then discuss some of the key topics she raises with bestselling author and anthropologist David Graeber. About the speakers: Elizabeth Anderson specializes in ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist theory, social epistemology, and the philosophy of economics and the social sciences. She is the author of The Imperative of Integration, and, most recently, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (And Why We Don't Talk About It). She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism. A recent profile of her in the New Yorker can be found here. David Graeber is an anthropologist, anarchist activist and author known for his 2011 book 'Debt: The First 5000 Years' and the 2018 bestseller 'Bullshit Jobs: A Theory'. He is a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics (LSE). A recent interview with Graeber in 'Jacobin' can be found here (https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/bullshit-jobs-david-graeber-work-service). This event is a collaboration between the London Philosophy Club, Bigg Books, and the Philosophical Society of England (PSE). It is being sponsored by 'The Philosopher', the UK's longest-running public philosophy journal (https://www.thephilosopher1923.org/events). The meeting will be chaired by Anthony Morgan, Editor of 'The Philosopher'. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT: CASH PAYMENT NOT ACCEPTED ON THE NIGHT

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  • The Perennial Philosophy

    New Acropolis Cultural Association

    'Truth is one', say the Upanishads, 'though the wise call it by many names'. The Perennial Philosophy is the idea that all religions offer paths up the same divine mountain, which arrive at the same core mystical experience and encounter with the same divine reality. This talk will explore the history of this idea, from Marsilio Ficino to the Traditionalists to Vivekananda, and how it was made famous by Aldous Huxley. We will explore how Huxley's work helped to inspire the counter-culture and the field of transpersonal psychology, and how it continues to inspire the psychedelic renaissance and the booming 'spiritual but not religious' demographic. We will also consider possible criticisms of the Perennial Philosophy - is there really a core mystical experience shared by all the great religious traditions, or does that idea ignore important cultural differences? Can one really equate God, Allah, Brahman, Tao and Buddha nature? Could divine reality actually be multiple, rather than One? Jules Evans is a writer and broadcaster, and author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012) and The Art of Losing Control (2017). His most recent book is Holiday from the Self: An Accidental Ayahuasca Adventure. His website is www.philosophyforlife.org This event is in partnership with New Acropolis, and is taking place at their building next to Union Chapel on Upper Street, near Highbury station. You need to get your tickets through this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talkaldous-huxley-and-the-perennial-philosophy-tickets-67758775321 Tickets cost £15 (£10 concession). Bring £5 if you want a copy of Jules' latest book, Holiday From the Self: An Accidental Ayahuasca Adventure.

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  • Huxley, Jung and the evolution of the self

    Birkbeck, University of London

    A full day of talks exploring the science, psychology and evolution of the Self. NB This event is in partnership with the Weekend University. You need to buy your tickets at this link: http://bit.ly/2JEUWPO Have you ever felt you went beyond your ordinary self and felt connected to something bigger than you? In a 2016 UK survey, over 84% of respondents (including atheists, agnostics, Christians, and Buddhists) said yes to this question. So what’s going on? In the complex web of modern life, we’re conditioned to embrace our rational minds and spend every second of our conscious hours in search of opportunities and threats. We are encouraged to get ahead, win friends, influence people, attract praise, avoid blame and generally focus on satisfying the individual everyday ego. Indeed, the idea of a “self”, as a unique and coherent individual, has existed ever since humans began to live in groups and become sociable. But is this egoic view of ourselves scientifically accurate? Or is there something more to the human experience? And could our most basic assumptions about who we are be wrong? In this series of talks, we explore the psychology of the ‘Self’, drawing on perspectives from Jungian psychology, neuroscience and the work of Aldous Huxley - to question our most basic assumptions about who we are, and our place in the world. Lectures & Speakers Aldous Huxley & Self Transcendence - Jules Evans Jules Evans is Policy Director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London and a leading researcher into ecstatic experience. He also runs the world’s biggest philosophy club, the London Philosophy Club, which has over 10,000 members. Jules’ first book, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations was published in 19 countries and was selected by Matthew Syed as a Times Book of the Year. He has written for The Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Spectator and WIRED and is a BBC New Generation Thinker. Carl Jung & Individuation - Dr Kevin Lu Dr Kevin Lu, PhD, is Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Jungian Studies. Dr. Lu’s publications include articles and chapters on Jung’s relationship to the discipline of history, critical assessments of the theory of cultural complexes, and Jungian perspectives on graphic novels and their adaptation to film. The Evolution of the Self - Will Storr Will Storr is an award-winning writer. He’s the author of five critically acclaimed books, including the novel The Hunger and The Howling of Killian Lone. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The New Yorker and The New York Times. His prizes include a National Press Club award for excellence and the AFM award for Best Investigative Journalism. His work on sexual violence against men earned the Amnesty International Award and a One World Press Award. He’s also been presented with the AIB Award for Best Investigative Documentary for his BBC radio series. He teaches popular storytelling classes in London and has been invited to present his Science of Storytelling workshop all over the world, from Bangkok to Istanbul to the European Parliament. Will is also an in-demand ghostwriter whose books have spent months at the top of The Sunday Times bestseller chart. You can follow him on twitter @wstorr. Event Schedule 10:00am – 12:00pm: Aldous Huxley & Self Transcendence - Jules Evans 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Carl Jung & Individuation - Dr Kevin Lu 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break 3:15pm – 5:00pm: The Evolution of the Self - Will Storr 5:20pm – 7:00pm: Attendee Social & Networking (Optional)

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