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The Science of Sin and Evil

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Come and learn about the science behind humanity's dark side and why we do the things we know we shouldn't

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Join us for a fascinating evening unlocking the mysteries of sin and evil. What makes people do bad things and why do we always give in to our cravings? Come and listen to Julia Shaw and Jack Lewis for a compelling evening getting under the skin of the dark side of human nature.

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Making evil

The science behind humanity's dark side

Julia Shaw, psychological scientist, author and co-founder of SPOT

Are you evil? Join Julia Shaw for this wide-ranging exploration into a fascinating, darkly compelling subject. She'll show us that the same dispositions that make us capable of heinous crimes may also work to our advantage. And, if evil is within all of us, should it be said to exist at all? Julia uses a compelling mix of science, popular culture and real-life examples to break down timely and important issues. How similar is your brain to a psychopath’s? How many people have murder fantasies? Can AI be evil? Do your sexual proclivities make you a bad person? Who becomes a terrorist?

Julia Shaw is a scientist in the Department of Psychology at University College London. She has consulted as an expert on criminal cases, delivered police-training and military workshops, and has evaluated offender diversion programs. She is also the co-founder of Spot, a start-up that helps employees report workplace harassment and discrimination, and employers take action. Her work has been featured in outlets such as CNN, the BBC, the New Yorker, WIRED, Forbes, the Guardian and Der Spiegel. Her books The Memory Illusion and Making Evil appear in many languages and are international bestsellers.

The Science of sin

Why we do the things we know we shouldn’t

Jack Lewis, neurobiologist and television presenter

It can often seem that we are utterly surrounded by temptation, from the ease of online shopping and the stream of targeted advertising encouraging us to greedily acquire yet more stuff, to the coffee, cake and fast-food shops that line our streets, beckoning us in to over-indulge on all the wrong things. It can feel like a constant battle to stay away from the temptations we know we shouldn't give in to. Where exactly do these urges come from? If we know we shouldn't do something, for the sake of our health, our pockets or our reputation, why is it often so very hard to do the right thing?

In this talk, Jack Lewis brings together the latest findings from neuroscience research to shed light on the universally fascinating subject of temptation – where it comes from, how to resist it and why we all tend to succumb from time to time.

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Doors: 6.30pm

Talks start: 7.00pm

Close: 9.00pm

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The event will be held at Congress Hall, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

Doors will open at 6.30pm with talks commencing at 7.00 pm. The event will finish at 9.00pm.

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