LDN Talks~ Science of Memory & other Mind Tricks with The Captured Thought

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Meet Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins :

Nicky and Clive are the co-founders of The Captured Thought, which is an arts and science collaboration that explores mental time travel, the subjective experience of thinking and the nature of creativity Nicky Clayton FRS is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She is particularly interested in the processes of thinking with and without words, comparing the cognitive capacities of crows and children. Clive Wilkins MMC is Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, a position he has held since 2012. Clive is a fine art painter and writer, and a Member of the Magician’s Circle (MMC). Clive’s paintings have been frequently seen in London Mayfair art galleries including at the National Portrait Gallery, London on several occasions.

This Funzing Experience:

We don’t remember what happened. What we remember becomes what happened. As in life, stories rely heavily on the sequence in which events unfold. In truth, our memories are as much about what will happen next, as about what has already occurred~ it would be a poor sort of memory that only worked backwards.

We will explore the complex relationship between memory, and our ability to travel backwards and forwards in the mind’s eye, incorporating Nicky’s research on corvids and children, and Clive’s newly published work ‘The Moustachio Quartet’, a series of novels that can be read in any order. We shall include various aspects of science, art and the performing arts to explore the nature of mental time travel. Time travellers return from the past in a manner they will never do from the future. We offer insights concerning the subjective manner in which we differentiate time and space in the mind’s eye. Such considerations highlight why memories are not only about the past, nor are they fixed in the past~ they afford the strategies to create and define the future.

Nicky Clayton FRS is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She is particularly interested in the processes of thinking with and without words, comparing the cognitive capacities of crows and children. Clive Wilkins MMC is Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, a position he has held since 2012. Clive is a fine art painter and writer, and a Member of the Magician’s Circle (MMC). Clive’s paintings have been frequently seen in London Mayfair art galleries including at the National Portrait Gallery, London on several occasions. He has also exhibited at the Royal Academy and in private galleries in Cork Street, London – where he had a one man show in 2007.

Nicky and Clive are the co-founders of The Captured Thought, which is an arts and science collaboration that explores mental time travel, the subjective experience of thinking and the nature of creativity (https://thecapturedthought.com).

Venue: Cafe 1001, Brick Lane

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

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LDN Talks is a new concept which aims to take engaging talks, and make them more accessible. We’ve pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire and re-invent your after work beers.

Held in a hand picked range of bars across London, a LDN Talks @ Night event makes the perfect after work mid-week activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that – you never know where it may lead you!

Experience includes:
Fascinating lecture
High profile speakers
Unique after-work event

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Artist & Writer
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