A Political Mind Special – Reactions to the Astronomical Universe with Prof Paul Murdin OBE

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Organised by:

British Psychoanalytical Society (incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis)

24 March 2023

Time: 18:00

Price: Standard Online via Zoom £25.00 Concession Online via Zoom £15.00

Location: online


What perspective does an awareness of the profundity of the universe give to the mind of the observer?

With Prof Paul Murdin OBE

Chaired by David Morgan

From David Morgan:

I was reflecting on the effect of seeing light from the origins of the universe, the Big Bang, or observation of black holes, might have on the human mind. So I asked an astronomer who has seen all these things in his career to talk to us.

Prof Paul Murdin OBE is the author of The Secret Lives of Planets. He has worked as an astronomer in the UK, the USA, Australia and Spain, and discovered the first stellar black hole, Cygnus X1.

He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, former president of the European Astronomical Society and Senior Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. In 2012 Asteroid 128562 was named ‘Murdin’ by the IAU in honour of his contributions to the field.

David Morgan Psychoanalyst, is chair and organiser of The Political Mind.

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