Every once in a while a musician comes along who reminds you of the redemptive power of music. Why sonic combinations make life worth living.
Zoe's first book, Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science – hand-picked by The Guardian as a must-read science book – was published by Profile in August 2014.
Science has revealed why all human cultures are united by a uniform embrace of 'base' pursuits': without them, we would not be who we are.
Hats off to Chapelier Fou – the violinist taking us through the looking glass…
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard @ The Shacklewell Arms
If you manage to get a mosh pit going – complete with crowd surfers grabbing the projector cables from the ceiling, hanging off the rafters and falling head-first onto the concrete floor – from 45 seconds into the first song, then you must be doing something right.
Why brain scientists crave illegal drugs
Drugs are dangerous, but they are double-edged swords, and when used in the right time in the right way, scientists can use them as unparalleled tools to probe the mechanics of the mind.
Liam Finn & Friends @ The Lexington
Liam Finn and his Kiwi all stars may come from the bottom of the earth, but we didn’t hear one bum note all night.
Editorial in Wired
I have penned one of the leading editorials in Wired this month, arguing why neuroscientists have a legitimate reason to be interested in psychedelic drugs. Life ambition: achieved.
To discuss the science of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll – all explored in my new book– I will be speaking throughout the UK this autumn and winter…
September 25th – The Bus Driver’s Prayer, Kahaila Café, 135 Brick Lane, London. 7.30pm. Tickets Here
September 28th – Wigtown Book Festival, The Booth, Wigtown, Scotland. 2:30pm Info Here
October 10th – Lichfield Literature Festival, George IV Pub, Lichfield, 7:30pm.Tickets Here
November 19th – Last Tuesday Society, Hackney, London, E8 4RP. 6pm. Tickets Here
November 26th – Salon London, The Proud Archivist, N1 5ET. 7pm. Tickets Here
November 30th – Sunday Papers Live, Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY. 8pm. Tickets Here.
December 3rd – Salon London, Shoreditch House, E1 6AW. Info Here. (open only to members of Soho and Shoreditch House)
February 4th – Dalston Darlings WI, The Duke of Wellington, N1 4BL. Info Here.
“Pop your cherry”
You can listen to an interview on Scottish radio with me here. I start at 109.00.
The interviewers gasped when I used the f-word at the end, but they said at the start: “Wigtown is a great festival to pop your cherry at.” Ha.
Of Science & Selfies
All I can say is: Thank god my dad lives in Canada and can’t see this. My face on the cover of The Times.
I would like the jury to note that I didn’t write the headline.
I officially launched my first book at the Science Museum yesterday as part of their late night celebration of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, alongside a smorgasbord of deliciously naughty Guerilla Science events designed to explore the science behind sin. You can see a video of one of the lectures I gave here, and for more, buy the book here.