Temple talks | The Science of Spiritual Experiences

Have you ever felt you went beyond your ordinary self and felt connected to something bigger than you?

In a 2016 UK survey, over 84% of respondents (including atheists, agnostics, christians and buddhists) said yes to this question.

So what’s going on?

In the complex web of modern life, we are conditioned to embrace our rational minds and spend every second of our conscious hours in search of opportunities and threats.

We are encouraged to get ahead, win friends, influence people, attract praise, avoid blame and generally focus on satisfying the individual everyday ego. But every society in human history, except ours, accepted our basic human need to lose control, go beyond the ego, and connect with something bigger than ourselves.

This experience became known as ecstasy.

In this Temple talk, Jules Evans explores various forms of ecstatic experience, argues that transcendence is good for us and through proper practice, can help us find healing, inspiration, connection and joy.

Drawing on personal experiences, the work of both ancient and modern philosophers and scientific and cultural research including interviews with radical Jihadis, the Bishop of London, Brian Eno and new-age Wizards, Jules examines how modern westerners find ecstatic experiences today, be it in churches, raves, galleries, sports, meditation and political movements, and what we can gain from mastering the art of losing control, in ways that are good for both us and for our society.

Podcast interview with the speaker: http://bit.ly/2relrD5

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2pxur4B

Praise for Jules:

‘A revelation.’

Reminds us philosophy is not just about analysis. It’s also about the good life – 


Jules Evans is Policy Director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London and a leading researcher into ecstatic experience. He also runs the world’s biggest philosophy club, the London Philosophy Club, which has over 6,000 members. Jules’ first book, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations was published in 19 countries and was selected by Matthew Syed as a Times Book of the Year. He has written for The Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Spectator and WIRED and is a BBC New Generation Thinker.

  • Doors will open 7pm, with the talk beginning at 8pm – giving you a chance to grab a drink and connect with like-minded people before the talk
  • Venue: Boondocks London (205 City Road, London EC1V 1JT)
2017-08-10T06:55:39+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Lecture Days|

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