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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?

Might madness be a strange form of wisdom?

Speakers: Richard Bentall, Patricia Casey, Robert Rowland Smith

Can science explain consciousness?

Speakers: Nicholas Humphrey, Iain McGilchrist, Roger Penrose

Methaphors to change the world

Speakers: Michael Erard, Maurice Glasman, Hilary Lawson

Is memory a recollection or a construction?

Speakers: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Richard Bentall, Steve Fuller

Is truth an illusion?

Speakers: Ray Brassier, Hilary Lawson, Michela Massimi

Is the world dependent on language?

Speakers: Hilary Lawson, Stephen Neale, Janne Teller
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