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Virtual Science Speakeasy: Killing an Evening


Thursday 9 April, 7.30pm - 9.00pm

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 Set aside: 1.5 hours
 Who is it perfect for:  Adults (18+ only)
This is a free event but capacity is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please click the link below to register your place.

Killing an evening: The inconvenient truth about psychopaths and sociopaths.


Psychopaths are commonly viewed as evil serial killers, but many top athletes, business leaders, journalists and comedians have psychopathic traits; are psychopaths helpful for a prosperous society? If there is a neurobiological basis for personality disorders, what does it mean for our understanding of free will and culpability in the criminal justice system? And why are we all addicted to watching psychopaths and sociopaths on TV and in films?

The panel

  • Luke Jennings - author of the Killing Eve novels.
  • Dr Luna Centifanti - a senior lecturer in Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, where her research focuses on the development of psychopathic traits in children.
  • M E Thomas - a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath and author of Confessions of a Sociopath.
  • Dr Mark Freestone - a senior lecturer in psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London and a consultant on the TV series Killing Eve.

This event is part of Life Science Centre's Science Speakeasy programme – a series in which important and often controversial topics are debated. No question or statement is taboo, so these events are not suitable for anyone who is easily offended!
At events held in Life Science Centre, a cocktail bar is available; for Virtual Science Speakeasy, we want you to replicate the experience in your living room, so pour yourself a drink, dim the lights and get comfy on the sofa.

Register your place at our Zoom event by clicking the link below and enjoy a lively night of debate from the comfort of your own home, and even raise a virtual hand to ask our panel a question.
Capacity is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will need access to the Zoom mobile app (available on App store and Google Play store) or Zoom Desktop Client to take part.

Telephone dial-in is also available. Details on this will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

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