The Common 2016

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The Common is incredibly honoured to invite David Hancock & Professor David Nutt to speak in the Temple on Saturday afternoon from 14:00. They will cover the topic of, and answer your questions related to…

Do psychedelics matter?
Although demonised, and attracting severe criminal penalties for users during the half century of the “war on drugs”, psychedelics are now undergoing a renaissance – both in terms of scientific research and in people’s personal and spiritual worlds. It is once again a time of oriented explorations of the mystery of consciousness. There’s no guarantee that the process will be easy or that there will not be complications and pain. But what’s being given birth here, Graham Hancock argues, has the potential to bring about a transformation of our society and of our worldview as profound and as far-reaching as any of the great scientific or libertarian revolutions of the past.
Graham Hancock is the author of the No 1 bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods, and of Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind.

In 2013, Graham Hancock’s TED talk, “The War on Consciousness” was famously banned by TED but resurfaced in multiple pirate editions all over the internet. Watch it here:

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Psychedelics – The Past, Present and Future
David Nutt’s presentation will explore the history of psychedelic drug use from ancient times to the present day. He explains the proven utility of these drugs in relation to the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as addiction and depression as well as how that changed art and music. He will then reveal how (our) new research using brain imaging techniques to study the actions of psilocybin and LSD in the brain help us understand these therapeutic and creative effects. Finally he will call for the laws that intensely regulate the use of these drugs to be rationalised for the benefit of society.

David Nutt is a psychiatrist and the Edmund J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in the Division of Brain Science, Dept of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. Here he uses a range of brain imaging techniques to explore the causes of addiction and other psychiatric disorders and to search for new treatments.  He has published over 400 original research papers, a similar number of reviews and books chapters, eight government reports on drugs and 28 books, including one for the general public, Drugs: without the hot air, that won the Transmission Prize in 2014.

David Nutt broadcasts widely to the general public both on radio and television. In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science, and was the only psychiatrist in the list. In 2013 he was awarded the John Maddox Prize from Nature/Sense about Science for standing up for science.

Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London
Click here to read David Nutt’s Wikipedia page.
Click here to watch a recent talk that has been widely viewed.

Credits: Thanks to Edward Bishop and David Jensen our most amazing photographers, and to Formulate Media for The Common edit. 

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