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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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Animals Like to Get High in the Wild, Too

Date: 20th April 2015

Publication: The Daily Beast

Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In my new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.

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On The Anniversary of the First Acid Trip, What Do We Now Know About LSD?

Date: 19th April 2015

Publication: Vice

But one high is so famous it has a birthday: Bicycle Day, April 19, 1943. The world’s first acid trip.

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Squarepusher @ The Barbican

Date: 15th April 2015

Publication: The Monitors

The last time I saw Tom Jenkinson, a.k.a techno-jazz originator Squarepusher, it was at The Glade at Glastonbury 2004. At the time, one of the most highly-regarded platforms for electronic music worldwide, at one of the most influential festivals on earth.

And it was awful.

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No link found between psychedelics and psychosis

Date: 4th March 2015

Publication: Nature News

In large US survey, users of LSD and similar drugs were no more likely to have mental-health conditions than other respondents.

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Huff Post Live

6th May 2015

I appeared on the Huffingpost’s Online News channel live from their studio in New York – you can see the clip of me yapping away here. I didn’t realise until I got there that it was TV, not radio – thank goodness I was wearing a suit…

Pages Unbound

27th April 2015

I will be in Toronto this May for the Pages Unbound festival – the city’s top notch cavalry of literature – to chat about What Women Write on May 8th with a spectacular set of female scribes.

The One And Only?

6th April 2015

I’ll be speaking at the Edinburgh Science Festival on April 7th in a panel discussion about monogamy – are we biologically hard-wired to pair for life, or is it simply a myth perpetuated by political and religious institutions?

40 Winks

31st March 2015

I’ll be headlining the Saturday Super Salon at the 40 Winks Hotel this April 4th, in conversation with Liz Hoggard of The Times. Complete with champagne, cake and sumptuous decor, it promises to be lush…

F5 Festival

10th March 2015

I am utterly delighted to announce that I’ve been added to the F5 Festival line-up in New York City, April 17-18! The “creativity festival exploring the intersection of design, art and technology” has generously brought me on board their prestigious line-up, alongside Peabody and Emmy Award winners, NASA Directors, and spectacular Argentinian circus performers Fuerza Bruta. Thrilled.

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