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Life

Philippe Sands

Reformations 8: Citizenship

Event 169 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Philippe Sands

Where do we belong? What passport and what papers do we carry? The international human rights lawyer proposes a new form of internationalist identity, and the adoption of the Tobin Tax that would help fund a universally available Citizenship of the World. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Richard Harries talks to Mary Loudon

The Beauty and the Horror: Searching for God in a Suffering World

Event 269 Venue: Tata Tent

Richard Harries talks to Mary Loudon

Life is at once wonderful and appalling, beautiful and horrific. How can we live with this contradiction? And how can we believe in a just and loving God in the face of all the evils of the world?  Lord Harries was Bishop of Oxford for 19 years.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Svend Brinkman

Stand Firm

Event 291 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Svend Brinkman

The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting, constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. The Danish philosopher and psychologist argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and ‘stand firm’. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner self but in coming to terms with yourself in order to co-exist peacefully with others.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Peter Dunne

The 50 Things: Lessons for When You Feel Lost, Love Dad

Event 334 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

As his 50th birthday dawned, Peter Dunne set out to leave a trail of metaphorical breadcrumbs for his three children, so that if they ever needed to know what their father might have had to say they would have him to hand: from compromise to compassion, and democracy to sacrifice, Dunne explores the social mores and morality of our time and tries to answer the eternal questions that line the path to peace of mind. He talks to Sarah Crown.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Robin Hanson

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

Event 361 Venue: Good Energy Stage

A dazzling vision of the future. Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ‘ems’: scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer and you have a robot brain but recognisably human. Applying decades of expertise in physics, computer science and economics, Hanson uses standard theories to paint a detailed picture of a world dominated by ems. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Price: £7.30