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The Chemistry of Freedom

The cry of democrats and revolutionaries, we value freedom above almost anything. But neuroscientists claim they can predict decisions seven seconds before we act. Might free will be an illusion? Do we need to reimagine what it means to be human, or does freedom win over bad science?

What are the limits of language?

Speakers: Paul Boghossian, Joanna Kavenna, Ray Monk

Rationality and climate change

Speakers: Polly Higgins, Nigel Lawson, Bjorn Lomborg, Crispin Tickell

Are we more alive when we are alone?

Speakers: Simon Glendinning, Ed Stafford, Kate Williams

Is the divine a fantasy?

Speakers: Madawi Al-Rasheed, Stephen Law, John Milbank

From the origins of western thought, we have been encouraged to value the sophis...

Speakers: Hilary Lawson, Robert Rowland Smith, Mark Salter, Mary Warnock

Explaining the transcendental

Speakers: Eric Clarke, Lydia Goehr, Marc Robinson, Rhian Samuel
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