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Obscura Society NY: Odyssey of the Mind

Venture into the depths of the subconscious with an evening of hypnotism, Victorian mentalism, and neurobiology.

Take a very special trip into the lower reaches of your mind and its workings as we explore different experiences of consciousness with lectures and performances that blend history, mystery, and science. We’ll dive deep into the subconscious with hypnosis, wonder about the possibility of a sixth sense with mentalism, and explore the functions of the brain itself with neuroscience.

Hypnotherapist Daniel Ryan of the Center for Integrative Hypnosis will lead us through the history of hypnosis, bust common myths about this oft-maligned practice, and discuss how it can be used for healing in the modern world. If you’d like to dig deeper into Dan’s practice, you’ll get a discount code for a past-lives regression hypnosis event we’ll be hosting with him in May.

Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux of the Center for Neural Science and the Emotional Brain Institute at NYU studies the neural basis of emotional memory from the synapse to whole organism. The author of The Emotional Brain and The Synaptic Self, he's conducted research on how the brain processes threat stimuli and organizes defensive responses to understand how fear and other emotions affect us. He will speak on "The Unconscious Is Less Mysterious But No Less Important Than You Thought." He will also be joined by Colin Dempsey  under the duo name So We Are , to give a musical performance related to the topic of his talk.

Matt Cooper is a Mentalist with astounding talents in psychology, telepathy and prophecy. Using the long forgotten techniques of Victorian Mentalism, he'll delight and entertain believers and skeptics alike. Discover why Mentalism has mystified some of the worlds brightest minds since the dawn of the 20th century. So, if you think you've seen it all, prepare to be amazed.

Thursday, April 21 at 7:00
$35 Early Bird (purchase by April 8)
$45 General Admission