Thursday 25 October, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where do monsters come from? Are they just a figment of our imagination? Is there any truth behind the tales? Could their origins simply be a method to help us cope with the darker more disturbed minds in our life? Join us for an eerie evening, uncovering the origins of monsters.
Humanity has been imagining monsters forever. Some have died in our imaginations. Others still lurk unseen inside our closets and invade our dreams.
So who are our monsters?
Where did they come from?
What makes a monster inspired?
And what inspires a monster?
Jonathan Iliff has answers, answers that are crucial to understanding both ourselves and the most vulnerable people in our world.
Jonathan is a neuroscientist and medical student based at University College London with ties to King’s College, and the president and founder of the UCL Society for the Application of Psychedelics.
His research focuses on the use of psychedelic compounds, like LSD and psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – in the treatment of mental health disorders. This will include the treatment of a large number of patients for depression with psilocybin in a clinical trial over the next 4 years. He has worked with prominent figures in the field, including writing a comprehensive review with Professor David Nutt.
Taking examples from his patients and personal experience and drawing parallels with the films and books that have defined the horror genre over the last 100 years he is here to show you how monsters and madness are inextricably intertwined.
The tortured monsters we fear are imagined out of the tortured humans we love – and Jonathan will show you why.
So what do Frankenstein’s monster, Count Dracula and Mike Myers have in common with those with mental health conditions?
The question probably scares you. The truth will certainly surprise you.
The Old Church is delighted to be a host venue for Funzing Talks – a new concept which aims to re-invent your after work drinks. The Funzing Talks team have pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire your evenings.
Doors open/Bar opens at 7pm