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Women on Top
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Categories: Culture & Sexuality
Speakers: Catherine Hakim, AL Kennedy, Serena Kutchinsky
Gender equality and positions of power

Generations of women have struggled to crack the glass ceiling. But a new generation of female CEOs are accusing women of self-sabotage. Might the scarcity of female leaders be due to a lack of commitment? Is success driven by determination or is this a heresy that obscures a system of privilege?
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Stem Cells and the Future of Medicine
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Categories: Life & The Living
Speakers: Ian Wilmut
Ian Wilmut

Can stem cells ethically transform medicine? Cloner of Dolly the Sheep Ian Wilmut reveals the promises of a global cell bank.
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Secrets of the Mind
Can science explain consciousness?
Can science explain consciousness?

We have no explanation of consciousness. Yet from the origins of life to the workings of the atom, science has provided answers when none were thought possible.  Might we be about to crack consciousness as well?  An impossible fantasy or an exciting adventure for mankind?
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Dangerously Big Ideas
Do we need grand theories?
Do we need grand theories?

Our culture and philosophy is sceptical of grand theories and big ideas, which we think best left to Parisian taxi drivers.  But aren't grand theories unavoidable?  Would it not be better to explore and embrace big ideas rather than pretend they have been banished?  Or is this the route to dangerous nonsense?
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Pythagoras' Dream
Is reality mathematical?

Pythagoras thought he had discovered the key to the universe: mathematics. Was Pythagoras right? Should we see mathematics as the ultimate character of the world or is this a limited vision?
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The Limits of My World
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Speakers: Hilary Lawson, Michael Potter, John Searle
Philosophy's linguistic turn

Language has been the focus of philosophical enquiry for the last century. But was the 'linguistic turn' a wrong turn, leading to a barren discipline without 'real world' influence? Is it time for a fresh approach to the big issues, or would this be a capitulation to intellectual fantasy?
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Morality, Cruelty and Freedom
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Categories: Ethics & Religion
Speakers: Sarah Chan, John Sauven, Marcel Theroux
Attitudes towards animal suffering

We denounce captivity as cruelty and want animals to run free. But the wild animal kingdom has its own special level of viciousness. If we wish to contain cruelty, should we not also be protecting wild animals from their predators? Should we become nature's caretaker, or is cruelty strictly limited to humans?
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Exotic England: Europe's Most Promiscuous Tribe
Could the richness of England's multiculturalism be due to the promiscuity of its people? Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown reveals that the English might just be Europe's swarthiest lovers, with startling consequences.
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Stories of Desire
Can desire help us make sense of the world?

Postmodernism undermined the dream of a definitive account of reality. Yet we still need some way to make sense of ourselves and the world. Might the Deleuzean metaphor of desire provide a way forward? Can desire better account for what makes us human, or is this continental confusion?
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Neuroscience vs. Philosophy
Explaining the secrets of the mind

From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind. But now some neuroscientists claim to have settled these raging debates. Is it possible we have discovered a science to replace philosophy and we can finally make real progress?  
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