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  1. Steven Pinker In Conversation


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    Steven Pinker argues that humans are becoming less violent. That may seem a bizarre claim to make in the face of daily reports of terrible conflict around the world. But, despite the continuing litany…

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    • In Conversation: Jaron Lanier and James Bridle On Who Owns the Future?


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      Jaron Lanier is a technology inventor and philosopher who has been dubbed the prophet of the digital age. He coined the phrases 'Virtual Reality' and 'digital Maoism'. His last…

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      • Richard Sennett on Co-operation


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        Richard Sennett is among the most important social thinkers at work today. Here he talks with leading design critic Alice Rawsthorn about his latest book, 'Together' (2012), on how we can…

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        • Mark Williams on Mindfulness


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          Is mindfulness the answer to all our prayers? The benefits are compelling: it’s free, you can do it anytime, anywhere, and it’s been scientifically proven to work. It is recognised by…

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          • Rory Sutherland on Influence


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            • Mark Earls On Originality


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              ‘Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation’, sniffed the anti-conformist Oscar Wilde. Today we too…

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              • Rebecca Solnit on Hope


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                Despair is a black leather jacket in which everyone looks good, while hope is a frilly pink dress few dare to wear. Rebecca Solnit thinks this virtue needs to be redefined. Here she takes to our…

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                • Ken Robinson on Passion


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                  Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential? For most…

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                  • The Well-Being Agenda


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                    With the 'well being' agenda of the new government becoming a controversial topic, this session looks at whether it is possible to measure happiness, and what it says about our society that…

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                    • Help Yourself: How Does Self Help Help?


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                      In this session, a psychotherapist, self-help author and mindfulness expert discuss the different tools associated with self help and present different arguments as to why and how therapy, self-help…

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                      • David Bodanis - On The Ten Commandments


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                        David Bodanis, argues The Ten Commandments underpin the whole of Western history, have shaped our fundamental habits - from sexual guilt to the concept of weekends - and are as relevant today as when…

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                        • Terry Eagleton - On Evil


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                          Evil is compelling, and not a little glamorous. But what separates the silver-tongued scoundrel from the monster of motiveless malignity? The idea of evil has gone out of favor in recent times:…

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