image for Story-telling item typeUnthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey by H Thomson at Richmond Old Town Hall

Story-telling, Sun 11 Nov 2018


Whittaker Ave, Richmond,


We take for granted that we can remember, feel
emotion, navigate, empathise and understand
the world around us, but how would our lives
change if these abilities were dramatically
enhanced or disappeared overnight?

Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson
has spent years travelling the world tracking
down rare brain disorders. This evening Thomson
will talk us through the rich history of these
conditions and tell the stories of the extraordinary
people she has encountered; from the man
who thinks he’s a tiger, to the doctor who feels
the pain of others just by looking at them. Their
experiences illustrate how the brain can shape
our lives in unexpected and, in some cases,
brilliant and alarming ways.

Helen Thomson is a writer and consultant with
New Scientist. Her research has taken her from
coffee with five psychopathic mass murderers
in Broadmoor to poking around in the Large
Hadron Collider.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 11 Nov 2018 14:00


£10 / £8.50
Special £6.50 ticket price for Richmond Card holders



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Map reference: TQ 177746  Lat: 51.45884 Long: -0.30654

Tube/Rail: Richmond
Buses: 65, 33, H37, H22, R68, R70

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Richmond station


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