How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know

Richard Firth-Godbehere

Monday, August 22 2022 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Richard Firth-Godbehere

What's the talk about?

We like to think of humans as rational creatures, who have relied on calculation and intellect to survive. But many of the most important moments in our history had little to do with cold, hard facts and a lot to do with feelings. In this talk, Richard focuses on disgust as he draws on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, art, and history. He vividly delves into what we currently think emotions are, illustrates how our understanding and experience of emotions has changed over time, and how our beliefs about feelings profoundly shaped us and the world we inhabit.

Richard Firth-Godbehere, PhD, is one of the world’s leading experts on disgust and emotions. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University of London. He received a first-class degree from the University of London, during which time he won two awards for academic excellence, alongside a Masters (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London, where he was a Wellcome Trust Scholar. 

His award-winning interdisciplinary research walks the line between history, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and futurism. He examines how understandings of emotions change over time and space, and how these changes can influence the wider world. Already translated into twenty-two languages, Richard's latest book, 'A Human History of Emotion: How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know, is available from all good book shops.