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Joanna Kavenna hosts

Winner of the Orange First Novel prize for Inglorious.

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Matter and Mind


Neuroscience has enabled us to explain how the brain affects the body. Yet there is no theory to explain how the matter of the brain creates thought and experience. Is consciousness inexplicable because it is not part of the material world? Or is it somehow physical after all and within our grasp?
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Might madness be a strange form of wisdom?

Speakers: Richard Bentall, Patricia Casey, Robert Rowland Smith
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Can science explain consciousness?

Speakers: Nicholas Humphrey, Iain McGilchrist, Roger Penrose
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Methaphors to change the world

Speakers: Michael Erard, Maurice Glasman, Hilary Lawson
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Is memory a recollection or a construction?

Speakers: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Richard Bentall, Steve Fuller
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Is truth an illusion?

Speakers: Ray Brassier, Hilary Lawson, Michela Massimi
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Is the world dependent on language?

Speakers: Hilary Lawson, Stephen Neale, Janne Teller
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