Humans have always sought ecstatic experiences – moments where they go beyond their ordinary self and feel connected to something greater than them. Such moments are fundamental to human flourishing, but they can also be dangerous.

Beginning around the Enlightenment, western intellectual culture has written off ecstasy as ignorance or delusion. But philosopher Jules Evans argues that this diminishes our reality and denies us the healing, connection and meaning that ecstasy can bring.

Back by popular demand, Jules explores the different ways people find ecstasy in the modern west, from music to nature, from extreme sports to extremist politics. He asks how we can find the good stuff in ecstasy while avoiding the risks, particularly the risk of getting over-attached to life’s peak moments. 

And if that's not enough, we'll be singing our hearts out, hearing stories from members of the community, drinking a vat of tea/coffee and eating a heck of a lot of biscuits afterwards too.

BSL interpretation will be provided.

We can't wait to see you there and have fun celebrating life with you all! 

Sunday Assembly London is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. Please support us if you can to keep it free for those who can't.

June 18, 2017 at 11am–12:15pm at Conway Hall

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John Maskell Mary Yip Braidley Natasha Harrington Haibo E Hayley Shepherd Victoria Artemis Godswood Emma Louise Broomfield Lucy West Lucy Colclough Liam Farrow Maria Parkes Ola & Luke Podgorska & Walsh N Thapen Sam Yearwood Andrew Dawson Ballantine Elaine Tesalona Neela Pandey Hannah Masson-Smyth Dhurata loku Viral Mistry Jason OBrien Sarah Clarke Robert Crowston Georgie Nightingall Charlie Roberts Karolina Peszko Ana Piferrer García Kiki Chatzigiannaki Andrew webster Rebecca Molloy Nataliia Lipikhina Chloe Carleton Angie Bates Kate Johnson Shirin Cooper Rachel Metcalfe Michele Di Cosmo Ed Wakk Sam Hopkins Rachel Metcalfe Caitlin Wake shwetal shah zoe douglas-cain kim oconnor Evelyn Clegg Frederick Loudon Corinna Ilschner Charlotte Coates