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TEDx at Greenwich

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Psychedelia, virtual life after death and a world without theatre are among the Tedx talks delivered by University of Greenwich academics.

Psychedelia, virtual life after death and a world without theatre are among the TEDx talks delivered by University of Greenwich academics.

Those Who Search is the theme of the series, which is available to view now.

Psychologist Dr David Luke's talk is about psychedelic parapsychology and the science of shamanism. David has published more than 100 academic papers and is one of the world's leading researchers on the psychology of exceptional human experience, and the nature of altering human consciousness. His work covers the parapsychology and mysteries of psychedelic plants.

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Criminology Researcher Dr Giulia Zampini asks whose knowledge is good knowledge? Her work is on drug policy, prostitution policy, and the relationship between law, morality and ideology. She is currently running a multimedia, participatory research project looking at the relationship between people, dancefloors and drugs. Before coming to academia, she worked in harm reduction services and drug policy advocacy.

Dr Maria Korolkova is a multidisciplinary researcher, specialising in visual culture, film architecture, cultural theory and history of Russian film and media. In her research, Maria explores themes of miscommunication and chaos, global media, visual and sonic cultures. Here she presents My Ted Talk is a Mistake.

Professor Mark O'Thomas asks  What If there is no Theatre? His research interest lays at the interface between translation, adaptation and dramaturgy. His work in this area has crossed many disciplines including musicology, film, literary and translation studies but his main focus remains on performance writing.

Mathematician & Senior Lecturer Dr Neil Saunders' talk Daydreaming, Mathematics and our Creative Future. He is a pure mathematician whose research is in Representation Theory - a field of abstract algebra dealing with symmetry. Neil uses higher dimensional objects and their related geometry to explore the manifold ways symmetry arises in mathematics and more broadly in the natural sciences.

Audiovisual artist and Digital Media Researcher Dr Nuno N. Correia presents The Multisensory Gap: Towards Audiovisual Design. He is interested in multisensory user experience and teaches and researches media art and design in various universities. Nuno's work has been presented in more than 20 countries, as well as festivals and venues including ACM Multimedia – Interactive Arts (Scottsdale), Electro-Mechanica (St. Petersburg), and London's British Film Institute.

Design researcher Dr Stacey Pitsillides looks at Designing Death for the 21st century. She explores the concepts of love after death, digital death, diversifying death and shaping perceptions. After encountering "virtual cemeteries" 10 years ago Stacey has continued to explore how creativity is changing the meaning of death in these online spaces, and how designing death for the 21st century can help us examine what it means to be human.