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Ian Robertson

The Winner Effect

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Professor of Psychology analyses how and why success changes the chemistry of the brain, making us more focused, smarter, more confident – and aggressive.

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Daniel Kahneman

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Nobel Economics laureate explores human rationality and irrationality. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Susan Golombok

Cambridge Series 4 - The C21st Family

Hay Festival 2012, 
Gay fathers, single mothers by choice and donor siblings: Professor Golombok will talk about what really counts for children who grow up in new family forms.
 
In association with Cambridge University

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Salman Rushdie, Niklas Frank, Elif Shafak, Tishani Doshi and Jim Al-Khalili talk to John Kampfner

Hay 25 - The Way We Live Now 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this first conversation about our big anniversary project, the panel discuss 3 of the 25 questions:
 
What freedoms are you prepared to trade for security?
If you became the leader of your country what would you fix first?
We’re building a library of literature, music and cinema. Which one book, film and album would you contribute to it?

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Richard Sennett

Together- The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation

Hay Festival 2012, 
The thinker discusses one of the most difficult challenges facing us today: living with people who are different – racially, ethnically, religiously or economically.
 
Richard Sennett is unable to come to Hay, as he needs to be in close proximity to the hospital in London where he is being treated, but he is - heroically - adamant he wants to do his session so we are going to beam him on a live video link..

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Richard Holloway talks to AC Grayling

Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Bishop of Edinburgh examines how anyone can claim a complete understanding of the mystery of existence; Why is the Church, which claims to be the instrument of God’s love, so prone to cruelty and condemnation? And how can a man live with the tension between public faith and private doubt

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

AntiFragility

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand.

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Martin Rees, Tahmima Anam, Helena Kennedy and Joan Bakewell talk to Anita Anand

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this second conversation about our big anniversary project the panel discuss two of the 25 Questions:
 
Do you think we are reaching a point at which technological 'progress' kills the spirit and what we are, or will it liberate us all?
 
25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an aids pandemic, the Berlin wall divided east and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years time?

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Edward and Robert Skidelsky

How Much Is Enough?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, the Skidelskys trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to Keynes and the present, and show how our lives over the past half century have strayed from that ideal.

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A. C. Grayling

Reading and Thinking

Hay Festival 2012, 
The philosopher talks about the conversation of humankind, the true nature of education, the candle in the dark. Our story changed when literacy extended beyond the few. Grayling explains how, and conjures the possibilities this opened up.

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Raymond Tallis

A Defence of Wonder

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you think philosophy is irrelevant? Think again, says the neuroscientist and philosopher.The pursuit of articulate, reflective wonder, revealing the extraordinary complex mystery of everyday life, is the key to unlocking our spirituality in a post-religious age.

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Rebecca Stott, AC Grayling, Andrew Miller, Marcus Brigstocke and Tiffany Murray talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay 25 - The Way We Live Now 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this third conversation about our big anniversary project the panel discuss two of the 25 Questions:
 
Which living leaders, writers, scientists, and artists, are opening the doors of the future for humankind?
Why do we read novels?

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David Spiegelhalter and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

The Royal Society Platform – Teenage Kicks

Hay Festival 2012, 
How do you explain teenage behaviour? What are the risks and the rewards they’re juggling?
 

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Jules Evans

Philosophy for Life - And other dangerous situations

Hay Festival 2012, 
An invitation to a dream school with a rowdy faculty that includes 12 of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.

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Brian Moore and Max Davidson talk to Mark Skipworth

Man Talk

Hay Festival 2012, 
The England rugby hero and author of More Thoughts of Chairman Moore hunkers down with the author of We’ll get ’em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century That Changed Everything. The Telegraph’s Executive Editor refs.

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Stefan Collini

Cambridge Series 10 - What Are Universities For?

Hay Festival 2012, 
When the future of higher education lies in the balance, a discussion of just why universities matter – to everyone.
 

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Philip Ball

Curiosity

Hay Festival 2012, 
Curiosity is often said to drive science, but until the seventeenth century – the age of the so-called Scientific Revolution – it was regarded with suspicion and condemnation. What happened to liberate curiosity? Why did no question seem too vast or trivial to be ruled out of bounds? And what does the freedom to be curious really mean for science today?

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Faramerz Dabhoiwala

The Origins of Sex

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first sexual revolution in Western Europe was a central part of the Enlightenment, intertwined with the era’s major social, political and intellectual trends. It helped create a new model of Western civilization, whose principles of privacy, equality and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.

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Bettany Hughes

Divine Women

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian and broadcaster unveils the hidden history of women in religion, from dominatrix goddesses to feisty political operators and warrior empresses. She reveals what her favourite women in religion tell us about the lives of the real flesh-and-blood women of their day.

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Max Hastings, Peter Oborne, Simon Schama, Val McDermid, Kate Williams and Emily Perkins talk to Jon Gower

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 4

Hay Festival 2012, 
The panelists discuss two more of the questions from the Festival's big silver jubilee project.
 
Are you happy? -- If yes, why? If not, is there something you can do about it?
What piece of writing has most changed your heart and mind?

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Alain de Botton, Philippa Perry, Roman Krznaric and Tom Chatfield

The School of Life - short ‘How To’ lectures

Hay Festival 2012, 
Chatfield on How To Thrive in the Digital Age; Perry on How to Stay Sane; Krznaric on How To Find Fulfilling Work; and de Botton gives us the skinny on How to Think More About Sex.

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Alain de Botton

Religion for Atheists

Hay Festival 2012, 
The essayist suggests that the supernatural claims of religions are entirely false, but that religions have much to teach the secular world.

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George Alagiah, Fiona Reynolds, Frances Osborne, Janine di Giovanni and Philippe Sands talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay 25 - The Way We Live Now 5

Hay Festival 2012, 
The panellists discuss another two of the Questions in our big anniversary project.
 
What can the country and the city learn from each other?
What determines what food you buy?

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Charles Nicholl

Sudden Presence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed traveller, biographer and literary sleuth reads from his new collection of investigations Traces Remain and talks about his fascination with the hidden details of the past, and the ‘sudden presence’ of distant historical figures. Chaired by Simon Mundy

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Monty Don, Marcus du Sautoy, Andrés Neuman, Jim Naughtie and Rosie Boycott talk to Francine Stock

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 6

Hay Festival 2012, 
The panellists discuss three of the 25 Questions.
 
25 years from now climate change will have created over 100 million refugees. Where should they go?
What was the last thing you made with your hands?
Would you like the United States of America to a) grow stronger? b) stay more or less the same? c) grow weaker? Why?

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