Monday 2nd August - 06:00 PM BST
Mind, Maps and Reality
Why do we see patterns in everything?
Be it in the stars, in tea leaves, or in our naming of the botanical world, humans are drawn to finding patterns everywhere. Many of these are hugely valuable, finding our way about depends after all on recognising patterns, but our attachment to pattern can also limit creativity. And worse, it can encourage tribal thinking, bigotry, witch hunts, and conspiracy theories.
Should we we break free of our desire for pattern? If we were less attached to our set ways of thinking and more open to new patterns would we become more creative and more fulfilled? Or is pattern necessary both to our personal lives and society, and without which we would face a chaotic and threatening world?
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18.00 BST - Headline Debate
18.50 BST - Q&A Session
19.00 BST - Meet the Speakers Session
19.15 BST - Documentary Screening
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Maria Balaska is currently a research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and at Åbo Akademi University and author of Wittgenstein and Lacan at the Limit: meaning and astonishment. Her second, forthcoming monograph, focuses on wonder and anxiety as encounters with nothing.
Maria Balaska is currently a research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and at Åbo Akademi University. Her publications include the monograph Wittgenstein and Lacan at the Limit: meaning and astonishment, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 and the edited collection Cora Diamond on Ethics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. Her second and forthcoming monograph focuses on wonder and anxiety as encounters with nothing that can offer an ontological insight; it brings together Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and Kierkegaard.
An expert on perception, knowledge an intellectual vices, Quassim Cassam has brought his philosophical insight to bear on issues ranging from terrorism to conspiracy theories. He is professor of philosophy at the University of Warwick.
Lisa Feldman Barrett
Cutting edge brain expert
Cutting edge brain expert Lisa Feldman Barrett has revolutionised the way we understand emotions, pioneering the theory of constructed emotion. She is a director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion Review.
Philosopher, broadcaster, and IAI Founder
Hilary Lawson is a post-postmodern philosopher and a renowned critic of philosophical realism. He is best known for his work on reflexivity and his theory of Closure, which puts forward a non-realist metaphysics arguing that we close the openness of the world with our thought and language.
The Truth about Risk
Exclusive Documentary Screening
Just about everything involves some risk, whether it's crossing the road, eating a pizza or climbing a mountain. But just how much are you risking with your everyday decisions?
Some risks are overblown, others are worse than we could ever imagine. Our fears of risk are played on by politicians and the media now more than ever.
On a mission to help us assess risk for ourselves, filmmaker Robert Lang is investigating how we measure and cope with risk in our modern times. He travels across the globe meeting the world’s top risk experts, from a Cambridge University statistician to an extreme ice climber, to discover the truth about the risks we face everyday.