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Joanna Kavenna hosts

Winner of the Orange First Novel prize for Inglorious.

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The Reality Illusion

'Seeing is believing , seeing is the truth'. Yet cognitive scientists seem to have uncovered these views as incorrect. Evolution led us to perceive what is best for survival and it turns out this has little to do with what we call 'reality'. Is reality then a creative construct that helps us to live but doesn't reflect the world? Are physical objects a useful hallucin...

Might madness be a strange form of wisdom?

Speakers: Richard Bentall, Robert Rowland Smith, Patricia Casey

Is the world dependent on language?

Speakers: Hilary Lawson, Janne Teller, Stephen Neale

Is human creativity no more than mechanics?

Speakers: Margaret Boden, George Ellis, Warren Ellis

Is consciousness inexplicable?

Speakers: Eva Jablonka, Ray Brassier, Markus Gabriel

Is memory a recollection or a construction?

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

Can we find the right words for everything?

Speakers: Hilary Lawson, Stanley Fish, Genia Schönbaumsfeld