The environmentalist presents a credible, positive vision of our planet that is green, fair, connected and collaborative and reveals how it is possible to reach a genuinely sustainable world by 2050. He describes the key events, technological breakthroughs and lifestyle revolutions that will transform our planet. Chaired by Rosie Boycott
We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second –and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are irresistible. Using cutting-edge research, the Princeton psychologist describes how we have evolved the ability to read basic social signals and momentary emotional states, using a network of brain regions dedicated to the processing of faces.
Why are we celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death? Who and what are we celebrating? How did Shakespeare get from there (the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage) to here (the global icon) and where will he go in the next hundred years? The eminent Shakespeare scholar is the author of The Genius of Shakespeare and Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare. He is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.
The author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes sets out on a quest – a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. It spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent times.
The writer, director and actor, co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his novels, The Effect of Her and Unspoken, his tales of Ireland in the 60's and 70's.
‘Extraordinarily vivid, knowing and satisfyingly irreverent’ – John Banville. ‘Gerry Stembridge is an outstanding Irish artist’ – Irish Independent.
Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute without which mutually co-operative societies cannot function. In a revolutionary development, we now know who has it, who lacks it and why. With the MRI scanner, we are mapping the human brain. This is a new frontier that reveals a host of beneficial ideas for childcare, teens challenged by the internet, the justice system, decent healthcare, tackling racism and resolving conflicts.
More people are going to university in Britain than ever before, and they’re paying to do so. But are the institutions themselves fit for purpose? How could they be better? Horrocks is the new Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Grayling is Master of the independent New College of the Humanities in London, Churchwell is Professor for the Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, Usher is the co-leader of the newest university in Britain, the New Model in Technology and Engineering in Hereford.
De Kretser’s Questions Of Travel conjures people displaced by love and longing, and by disaster. It is infused with wit, imagination, and a deep understanding. Sackville’s Orkney plays out a curiously-matched honeymoon couple on a remote island in the north.
Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment about its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true and that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists.