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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.

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Hats off to Chapelier Fou – the violinist taking us through the looking glass…

Date: 13th November 2014

Publication: The Monitors

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.

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard @ The Shacklewell Arms

Date: 12th November 2014

Publication: The Monitors

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.

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Why brain scientists crave illegal drugs

Date: 28th October 2014

Publication: Wired

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.

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Liam Finn & Friends @ The Lexington

Date: 6th October 2014

Publication: The Monitors

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.

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Editorial in Wired

3rd November 2014

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.

Speaking Dates

1st November 2014

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”

29th September 2014

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

4th September 2014

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.

Full story, on selfies, nudity, my pubic hair and all in a video on New Scientist here.

Book Launch!

28th August 2014

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.

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