Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers

Six Billion Characters in Search of an Author:

Is human existence but a performance?

Join now or to join the conversation.
Six Billion Characters in Search of an Author

Jez Butterworth, Tim McInerny, Richard Schoch. Gabriel Gbadamosi hosts.

From the world stage to the parts we play in our own lives, is it human nature to see our own existence as a performance? While the theatrical metaphor may help us to build societies, do we risk losing touch with reality?


Scholar Richard Schoch, psychiatrist Tim McInerny and award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth strut and fret their hour upon the stage.

Mind Change
Susan Greenfield
Of Wonder and Terror
Anna Dumitriu, Dennis Marks, Lynne Segal, Julian Stallabrass
The Agony & the Ecstasy
Havi Carel, Christopher Hamilton, Barry C Smith, Raymond Tallis, Zoe Williams
Join the conversation

to post comments or join now (only takes a moment). Don't have an account? Sign in with Facebook, Twitter or Google to get started:

Copy and paste the code below to embed or link to this video.

Embed options
  • Video Seek
    Converted to a link which jumps to that point in the video
    Example: 00:34
  • Bold Text
    Example: [b]Bold[/b]
  • Italic Text
    Example: [i]Italics[/i]
  • Underlined Text
    Example: [u]Underlined[/u]
  • Website link
    Link to another website or URL
    Example: [url][/url]

Rate this talk with three clicks. You can choose 3 words, or vote for the same word 3 times.

Why register with the iai?
  • All you can watch
    Unlimited access to hundreds of hours of debates and talks from the world's leading minds, all for free.
  • Have your say
    Join the iai community and engage in conversation and debate around the issues that matter.
  • Hear it first
    Be the first to hear about our video releases, articles and tickets to our festival HowTheLightGetsIn.