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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.
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Reformations 8: Citizenship
Event 169 • • Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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.
The Beauty and the Horror: Searching for God in a Suffering World
Event 269 • • Venue: Tata Tent
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.
Event 291 • • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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.
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.
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.