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IAI Live August - The New 10 Commandments

Monday 8th August - 05:00 PM BST

IAI Live August - The New 10 Commandments

Can life be reduced to a rulebook?

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Simon Baron-Cohen, Sophie-Grace Chappell and Massimo Pigliucci debate the ideals we live by and the possibility of their being rules for living. Monday, August 8th at 5pm BST / 12pm ET.

From the 10 Commandments to the Buddhist eight-fold path, we have traditionally looked to religion to provide ideals and the rules and values to live by. Today the rules and codes of life are as, or perhaps more, likely to be found in social media convention or self-help books like Jordan Peterson's 'The 12 Rules for Life'. But critics argue all such codes are destined to fail and it is a mistake to try to define ideals and provide rules for living.

Should we see attempts to promote rules for life not as an ultimate ideal morality but a framework designed to uphold a given social order and set of institutions? Are all codes for living a simplistic frame that hides the deep puzzle of what it is to be alive? Or are ideals not only essential to give us something to believe in and provide a road map for living but also for the well being of society as a whole?

Join the world's leading thinkers in an evening of debate, interviews, talks, groundbreaking films, and music.

6.00pm
Headline Debate - The Arena
The New 10 Commandments
Simon Baron-Cohen, Sophie-Grace Chappell and Massimo Pigliucci.
Can life be reduced to a rulebook?

7.00pm
Meet The Speakers - The Lounge

7.00pm
Documentary Screening - DOKBOX Cinema

7.20pm
Talk - The Arena
The Pleasure of Suffering
Paul Bloom

7.30pm
Music - The Stage

 

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Simon Baron-Cohen

Simon Baron-Cohen is a pioneering psychologist whose work on autism has revolutionised the field of developmental psychopathology. As part of his empathizing-systemizing theory, Simon famously claimed that autism is an extreme of the male brain.

Paul Bloom

Paul Bloom is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University and Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. His research explores the psychology of morality, identity, and pleasure. Bloom is the recipient of multiple awards and honours, including, most recently, the million-dollar Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize.

Sophie Grace Chappell

Sophie-Grace Chappell is a Professor of Philosophy at the Open University, who writes about ethics, politics, feminism and epistemology. Her books include Ethics Beyond the Limits, Knowing What To Do, and Ethics and Experience. Her most recent book is the edited collection Intuition, Theory, and Anti-Theory in Ethics, published in 2015. She also writes poetry, and is the UK's first openly transgender academic philosopher; an experience she has written about for Aeon and The Lovepost.

Myriam François

Author, broadcaster, podcast host

Myriam Francois is an author, broadcaster and academic on issues related to Islam, France and the Middle East. She is host of the increasingly popular We Need to Talk about Whiteness Podcast.

Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci is an author, blogger, podcaster and Professor of Philosophhy at the City College of New York. He is the former co-host of the Rationally Speaking podcast and formed editor-in-chief for the online magazine Scientia Salon. Throughout his philosophical career, Pigliucci has been a critic of pseudoscience and creationism. He argues for secularism and also draws on Stoic philosophy when suggesting ways of living today.

 

He is the author of several books including How to be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (2017) and Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (2013).