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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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A better British referendum: A vote on the royals

Date: 12th September 2014

Publication: The Globe And Mail

Undoubtedly a referendum on the monarchy would fail – most here are indisputably romantically attached to the institution. But tabling the idea would at least force people to question the concept at all.

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Naked selfies? I’ve taken them too (and all in the name of science)

Date: 4th September 2014

Publication: The Times

Why do famous young women risk taking nude photos? Scientist Zoe Cormier explains the new exhibitionism

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Heavenly Nipples celebrates sexual diversity at the Glastonbury Festival

Date: 9th July 2014

Publication: The Guardian

At this year’s festival, Guerilla Science used latex nipples, merkins and the Great Wall of Vagina to confront the pervasive discomfort humans have with our sexual diversity

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How magic mushrooms induce a dream-like state

Date: 4th July 2014

Publication: New Scientist

Anyone who has enjoyed a magical mystery tour thanks to the psychedelic powers of magic mushrooms knows the experience is surreally dreamlike. Now neuroscientists have uncovered a reason why: the active ingredient, psilocybin, induces changes in the brain that are eerily akin to what goes on when we’re off in the land of nod.

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Speaking Dates

8th September 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, 6pm. Tickets Here

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.

Monocle Radio

17th August 2014

Monocle Magazine interviewed me for the Sunday radio show about my new bookSex Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science. You can check out (and download) the show here. I’m on air about 20 minutes in, yapping about live sex acts in labs, LSD as a treatment for alcoholism, a man who wears a birdcage on his head, how Timothy Leary was a twat, where the clitoris is located according to Vesalius, how music is our species’ greatest achievement, and why goats have oral sex. (My answer: “Why not?”)

Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll

7th August 2014

My book comes out today! Sex Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science. Two and a half years in the making… I got there in the end. If you fancy picking it up, please pick it up from an independent bookstore – or Hive, an independent and legit online bookseller. Deepest love and thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

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