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?Speakers: Hannah Dawson, Robert Eaglestone, Hilary Lawson
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 ...Speakers: Nicholas Humphrey, Iain McGilchrist, Roger Penrose
Gender equality and positions of powerSpeakers: Catherine Hakim, AL Kennedy, Serena Kutchinsky
Attitudes towards animal sufferingSpeakers: Sarah Chan, John Sauven, Marcel Theroux
Can stem cells ethically transform medicine? Cloner of Dolly the Sheep Ian Wilmu...Speakers: Ian Wilmut
Could the richness of England's multiculturalism be due to the promiscuity of it...Speakers: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Has physics made philosophy obsolete?Speakers: Angie Hobbs, Lawrence Krauss, Mary Midgley
Privacy in a digital ageSpeakers: Cory Doctorow, Steve Fuller, Kate Russell
Can desire help us make sense of the world?Speakers: Simon Blackburn, Véronique Mottier, James Williams
What can MRI scans of brains in orgasm tell us? Erotic Review founder Rowan Pell...Speakers: Rowan Pelling