Psychology

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Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Hay Festival 2018, 

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

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Ruby Wax, Gelong Thubten, Ash Ranpura

How To Be Human

Hay Festival 2018, 

Comedian, writer and performer Ruby Wax, with some help from monk Gelong Thubten and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, has delved deeply into what it means to be human in an age obsessed with the latest technology. She now provides a manual to upgrade our minds so that they don’t get left behind. In this event Ruby, Ash and Thubten talk about brains, bodies and mindfulness.

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Edmund de Waal

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture Memory and Memorial: Writing About the End of Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

There is a burgeoning literature on end-of-life writing, on grief, bereavement and memorial. Edmund de Waal talks about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms from the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, to the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel.  He will also discuss his own porcelain installations and collaborations that explore ideas of memorial. The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature, arts and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human. Edmund De Waal, chair of judges for the 2018 prize, is an artist and writer, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and The White Road.

Edmund de Waal

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Rowan Hooper

Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability

Hay Festival 2018, 

Why can some people achieve greatness when others can't, no matter how hard they try? What are the secrets of long life and happiness? The New Scientist Managing Editor takes us on a tour of the peaks of human achievement. Drawing on interviews with a wide range of superhumans as well as those who study them, Hooper assesses the science of peak potential, reviewing the role of genetics alongside the famed 10,000 hours of practice.

Rowan Hooper

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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

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Dolly Alderton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Everything I Know About Love

Hay Festival 2018, 

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart-themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Alderton’s captivating memoir is about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

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Ella McPherson

Cambridge Series 4: Digital Fakery and its Consequences

Hay Festival 2018, 

Drawing on her research about human rights reporting in the digital age, the Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge argues that digital fakery’s consequences for democracy arise not because we are duped, but because of what we do to not be duped. Chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship.

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Terri Apter

Cambridge Series 8: Passing Judgment – Praise and Blame in Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

It is as old as Adam and Eve: who’s to blame?  Who’s innocent and praiseworthy? Apter discusses why these questions are not reserved just for big moral issues, but inform daily interactions with our family, our partner, our best friends and our bosses. She also shows that how we praise and blame our children, our colleagues, our friends and our partners may sustain or break our relationships with them. Apter is a psychologist, writer and Fellow of Newnham College. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect magazine.

Terri Apter

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Hugo Drochon

Cambridge Series 2: Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.

Hugo Drochon

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Johann Hari

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Hay Festival 2018, 

A persuasive and inspiring argument exploring the subject matter of his radical and brilliant book Lost Connections. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, as we are often told. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

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Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott - Versión española

Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse

Cartagena 2015, 
Escritor y académico especializado en psicología, política y cultura, Andrew Solomon ganó el National Book Award en 2001 y fue finalista del Pulitzer en 2002 por su libro El demonio de la depresión. En su última publicación, Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse, muestra un estudio que ha realizado con alrededor de trescientas familias que han aprendido a convivir a pesar de vivir situaciones difíciles. 

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Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott - Versión española

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Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott

Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse

Cartagena 2015, 
Escritor y académico especializado en psicología, política y cultura, Andrew Solomon ganó el National Book Award en 2001 y fue finalista del Pulitzer en 2002 por su libro El demonio de la depresión. En su última publicación, Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse, muestra un estudio que ha realizado con alrededor de trescientas familias que han aprendido a convivir a pesar de vivir situaciones difíciles. 

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América
Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott

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Heather Widdows

A Duty To Be Beautiful?

Hay Festival 2018, 

It’s not surprising that how we look matters in an increasingly visual and virtual world. Whether you get 'likes' or make a good first impression matters and the pressure to be perfect is something which young men and women increasingly feel. Indeed body dissatisfaction and anxiety are so prevalent that we regard them as normal. The extent of such anxiety is in part explained by recognising the ethical nature of the beauty ideal. Individuals increasingly judge themselves and others according to whether they measure up in the beauty stakes, and feel like failures if they do not. The University of Birmingham’s John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics explores the ethical nature of the beauty ideal to make sense of why such feelings run so deep.

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Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

Breakfast Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2018, 
A conversation with the iconic journalist, whose diaries of his time in Downing Street during the Blair years established him as a best-seller. He has also written extensively about mental health and has just published a new thriller about football and terrorism set in the 1970s, co-written with Paul Fletcher - Saturday Bloody Saturday.
Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

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David Shaw, Marc Scriven, Ruth Jones, Jan Frances, Frances Howie

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Hay Festival 2018, 

Growing up in a violent household is one of the most traumatic experiences a child can go through. It can leave a lifetime of problems affecting education, relationships and everyday activities. Survivors and experts talk about how they used their experiences for positive change and how society can help lead transformation for the future. Frances Howie, Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council, is in the chair.

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June Sarpong talks to Dharshini David

Diversify

Hay Festival 2018, 

In troubling times, it’s tempting to retreat to our comfort zones, to be with people just like us. But what if actively seeking the unfamiliar was proven to be the key to a brighter future – both personally and for society at large? In this fierce, empowering call to arms, Sarpong uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the State and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.

June Sarpong talks to Dharshini David

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Mike Brearley talks to Simon Hughes

Of Captaincy and Cricket

Hay Festival 2018, 

The great England cricket captain, in later life a psychoanalyst, talks about the game, the players and the gentlemen. He is the author of The Art of Captaincy and On Form.

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Cómo mejorar tu cerebro. Conferencia de Pere Estupinyà

Querétaro 2016, 

¿Deseas potenciar tus habilidades cognitivas? ¿Desconoces cómo dejarte guiar por tus emociones sin que estas te cieguen? ¿Sabes quién es más listo: el cáncer, los científicos o tu sistema inmune? Nuestro invitado responderá a todas estas preguntas y muchas más. Knight Science Journalism Fellow en el MIT, Pere Estupinyà ha trabajado en los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud de Estados Unidos y como editor del programa Redes, de TVE. Con este último libro, Estupinyà nos recuerda que la predisposición a aprender, a reflexionar y a absorber nuevas ideas nos hace más inteligentes como sociedad y como individuos; el pensamiento crítico es fundamental para nuestras vidas y, la ciencia, su mejor expresión.

Con interpretación a Lengua de Señas Mexicana (LSM)

Cómo mejorar tu cerebro. Conferencia de Pere Estupinyà