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Out of Sight, Out of Mind
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Categories: Ethics & Religion
Speakers: Simon Glendinning, Ted Honderich, Thomas Pogge, Janne Teller
Morality in a globalised world

Loved ones come first. Yet this has less to do with morality than with self interest. Is the truly moral course to regard geographical distance and personal connection as irrelevant to how we treat others? Or would this result in a calous disregard for those most important to us?
Political Power and the End of an Ethernet Cable
Editor of the world's most read blog Cory Doctorow on how networks can make us free.
The Open Society and its Enemies
Privacy and security in the digital age

Oligarchs and government spies know where we are, what we want, and even our innermost thoughts. Who can protect us? Are whistleblowers like Snowden the white knights of the digital age? Or is the pursuit of radical openness itself the real threat we face?
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Independence Day
The destiny of the nation state
The destiny of the nation state

The nation state is at the crossroads. Cameron has announced plans for UK devolution, and calls for independence can be heard from Catalonia to Venice. Can the Nation state survive? And should it?
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Dangerously Big Ideas
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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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?
The Persecution of Heretics
Categories: Life & The Living
Speakers: David Healy
Is science really a noble, unbiased search for truth? Psychiatrist David Healy uncovers the politics of unpopular research.   "Definitive" Guardian
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Secrets of the Mind
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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The Limits of My World
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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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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