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Many assume Enlightenment values will triumph over violence and prejudice. But in the wake of ISIS and Charlie Hebdo, victory seems less inevitable and the age of reason less secure. Might history not be on our side after all? Do we need more passion to combat zealotry's allure or will reason alone win in the end?  

Speakers: Madawi Al-Rasheed, Christopher Hamilton, Brendan O'Neill

Some claim it created the universe. Sartre argued it was central to our Being. Yet Nothing turns out to be strangely elusive. Scientists can't find it or describe it. Bertrand Russell argued it was just a logical mistake. Is Nothing an illusion, a fi...

Speakers: John Ellis, James Ladyman, Laura Mersini-Houghton

A world where men and women shared power equally is thought desirable. Yet from ...

Speakers: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Margaret Hodge, Ritula Shah

Why is Henry VIII's death still mired in scandal? Broadcaster and historian Suza...

Speakers: Suzannah Lipscomb

Modern life is too fast and complex for powerful individuals to save the day. Fo...

Speakers: Margaret Heffernan

From Tahrir Square to Hong Kong, Occupy Wall Street to Anonymous, we have seen a...

Speakers: Daniel Hodges, Carl Miller, Peter Tatchell

We assume all events are caused by something. Yet we happily refer to random cha...

Speakers: Nancy Cartwright, Michael Duff, George Ellis

The horsemen of the apocalypse held sway for much of Western history. Now from s...

Speakers: Jasper Fforde, Frank Furedi, Joanna Kavenna

From personal acts of kindness to charitable gifts to strangers, altruism is see...

Speakers: John Bird, Oliver Scott Curry, Linda Woodhead

Is porn wrong? Or can pornography be a force for good in the world? Activist and...

Speakers: Peter Tatchell
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