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Showing posts from June, 2018

The Haunted City: Modern Monsters and Urban Myths

Join the London Fortean Society in London’s dark heart for a day of modern monsters and urban myth including Spring-heeled Jack, Cthulhu, Slender Man, subterranean London folklore, the Crying Boy and more. Our cityscapes are full of strange wonders, terrors and tales. Come hear of them. Saturday 30 June 2018 10am - 5pm £20 / £16 concessions ( Advance tickets ) Conway Hall , 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Tube: Holborn Directions Facebook event page 10am Scott Wood - Hidden Insult A"rude, irreverent piece of revenge folklore" 10.30am Gail Nina Anderson -The Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle  It "squats menacingly, complete with lurid claws and fangs." 11-11.10 Break 11.10-11.40 Tina Rath - The Hackney Bear  A " “giant great growling hairy thing”. 11.40-12.10 Antony Clayton – Subterranean London The "capital’s ancient ‘secret’ passages and tunnels and sightings of ghosts underground." 12.10-12.15 Break 12.15-1pm Jus

Forgetting ourselves: Reflections on memory and identity

7.45pm Thursday 26 April 2018 £4 / £2 concessions ( Advance tickets ) The Bell , 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East Facebook page Professor Chris French, head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, explores the myriad ways in which are our memories can fail us. Together we’ll consider the unreliability of eyewitness testimony and its consequences, as well as our tendency to create entirely false memories, either spontaneously or as a result of dubious forms of psychotherapy or manipulations by devious experimental psychologists. We’ll also explore the phenomenon of “non-believed memories”; that is, that strange phenomenon whereby we have a clear recollection of an event that we know for a fact never actually happened at all. Given the importance of our autobiographical memories for our sense of identity, this ultimately raises the question: do any of us really know who we really are? 7.45pm Th