Salon XLIII

Wednesday 4th September 2013

DRUGS, Sex and Rock and Roll.

London's favourite cultural monthly is back from the field, all fired up to present its Autumn series. Over September, October and November Salon will be taking a lateral look at Sex, and Drugs and Rock and Roll. First up, we will be looking at 'Drugs' on the 4th September at Adam St Members' Club.

We have Professor David Nutt, voted by The Times as one of the hundred most important figures in British science and Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, and President of the British Neuroscience Association. His advisory role in Tony Blair's government came to a sudden end over his proof that horse riding was more dangerous than ecstasy. Famed for forcing a fact based debate around drugs onto the agenda, Professor Nutt will be explaining the importance of understanding the role pleasure plays when examining our relationship with drugs.

We have Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology and President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Author of the book Bad Moves, Barbara will be explaining the brouhaha surrounding smart drugs. Just like smart phones, these are legally available and make us significantly more focused, clever and studies show - successful. Much loved by our friends across the pond they are now finding their way to the UK, but are they for you?, Barbara's research has a lot to add in helping you make your mind up about them, which makes for fascinating hearing.

And to feed you the drugs we love we have food historian Leonie Sooke. Leonie will be looking at the legal drugs we just can't live without, you know them as alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. When and why did we become so addicted to them, and can we actually handle them? We suggest you jusst say yes to her taste tour around addiction.

Tickets for our September Salon are here. Discounted tickets for the whole series are also available.

Doors at 7pm.

Speakers

  • Professor David Nutt

    Professor David Nutt

    The Politics of Pleasure

    David Nutt is currently the Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Head of the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology in the Division of Brain Sciences, Dept of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. He . . .
  • Leonie Sooke

    Leonie Sooke

    Drugs We Love

      Leonie Sooke is a trained chef, food stylist and writer working in television and publishing. Her job involves recipe writing and cooking behind the scenes – being the secret hands responsible for creating the food you see . . .
  • Barbara Sahakian

    Barbara Sahakian

    Smart Drugs

    Professor Barbara J Sahakian FMedSci Barbara J Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry and MRC / Wellcome Trust Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. She . . .
  • Shaun Attwood

    Shaun Attwood

    DRUGS, and Sex and Rock and Roll.

    As told by the Locked-Up/Banged-Up Abroad episode "Raving Arizona," Shaun Attwood used a tiny pencil sharpened on a cell door to write the first prison blog, Jon’s Jail Journal. His writing, smuggled out of the jail with the . . .