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Experimental Psychology, Magic & Science | Bristol

Experimental Psychology, Magic & Science | Bristol

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  •  Bristol, BS1 6QH
Suitable for: Adults
American magician-turned-psychologist Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins completed his DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. He is currently a Visiting Academic at ... More Info »
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On Sunday the 18th of November 1877, at 3pm in the afternoon, Wilhelm Wundt, sometimes identified as the 'Founder of Experimental Psychology,' joined hands with a group of academics and bore witness to series of ‘miracles’ in the presence of a visiting American spirit medium. Wundt was unconvinced by what he saw. However, a number of his esteemed colleagues, including world-renowned physicist Johann Zöllner, believed that the events they had witnessed called for a complete revision of the fundamental laws of physics – a revision that could accommodate immortal fourth-dimensional spirit people.

The resulting debate was not itself immortalized in any mainstream psychology textbooks, but, arguably, it did play a fundamental role in the subsequent emergence of Experimental Psychology as a formal scientific discipline. This talk will feature a mixture of storytelling and magical scientific demonstrations to explore how scientists, past and present, have approached the study of illusion.


Venue: Loco Klub

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm



*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.



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