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We think maps tell us how things are. As if they offer, in the philosopher Hilary Putnam's phrase, a God's Eye View of the world. Yet every map is a perspective. Should we conclude that there is no ultimate map, no objective outlook? An end to megalomania or a heresy fit for mystics?

Speakers: Anita Avramides, Roger Davies, Hilary Lawson

Big data is the phrase on everyone's lips. But in an age when we can collect information in unimaginable quantities, will we replace simplifying theories with complex real patterns? Might big data be the end of theory? Can we give up on 'why' questio...

Speakers: Kenneth Cukier, John Horgan, Angela Saini

Romantic love is central to our culture, our novels, films and lives. Yet histor...

Speakers: Robert Eaglestone, Angie Hobbs, Brooke Magnanti

Peace on earth has been the cry of idealists throughout the ages. Yet it is warf...

Speakers: George Galloway, Edward Mortimer, Richard Shirreff

In our cynical satirical culture, is constructive political comedy possible? Awa...

Speakers: Steve Richards

Sociologist Frank Furedi investigates the ideas considered so dangerous they’re ...

Speakers: Frank Furedi

The internet has democratised knowledge and transformed our lives. But from Micr...

Speakers: Phillip Blond, Aditya Chakrabortty, Adam Cohen

From our mating habits to our territorial disputes, sociobiologists claim that n...

Speakers: Nayef Al-Rodhan, Richard Corfield, Lou Marinoff

Modern technology has provided for many a life of comfort and entertainment that...

Speakers: Cory Doctorow, Imogen Stubbs, Colin Tudge

When is it misguided to treat mental illness with drugs? Clinical psychologist a...

Speakers: Richard Bentall
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