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Catching Sight of Ourselves: Who Looks Back in the Mirror?

Far flung destinations are often home to those seeking to "find themselves." Encouraged perhaps by Socrates' maxim for an ethical life: "know thyself." But do any of us ever arrive? Is the self a real and stable enough "thing" that it can be known? Or can we never catch sight of ourselves in the mirror? The Panel Anthropologist and author of Stuff Daniel Miller, actress and writer Adjoa Andoh, and KCL philosopher Christopher Hamilton examine the limits of self-knowledge.
Online
2016; 2015
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Changing the World: Is Activism a Failed Strategy?

From Tahir Square to Hong Kong, Occupy Wall Street to Anonymous, we have seen a surge in grassroots and social media activism. Yet the army is in power in Cairo and bankers continue to draw their bonuses. Is activism a failed strategy? Are political parties the only way to drive change or will student and street activism surprise us yet? The Panel Political campaigner Peter Tatchell, research director at Demos Carl Miller and Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges contest the best ways to bring about change.
Online
2016; 2015
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Desire, Dreams and Happiness: Can We Ever Arrive at True Happiness in Life?

Many think wealth, love and fame bring happiness in life. But Proust warned that while desire makes life blossom, possession makes it wither. Is there more value in desire and aspiration than in arrival? And if so should we seek better dreams and fantasies to enrich our lives? The Panel Radical sociologist Steve Fuller, erotic capital theorist Catherine Hakim, and psychiatrist and Chair of the Mental Health Foundation Dinesh Bhugra seek answers. In association with Psychologies Magazine.
Online
2016; 2015
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Dreamland: How to Live Your Life

Fulfill your dreams and make the most of your life! So advocate headmasters, moralists and revolutionaries. Yet poet John Betjeman's principal regret was that he did not have more sex. Is life not about goals and ambition but about the moment of being? Or is making our dreams real the only way to fulfillment? The Panel Writer of The Guardian's This Column Will Change Your Life Oliver Burkeman, author of A Life Inside Erwin James, and Absolutely Fabulous star Helen Lederer debate the best way to live.
Online
2016; 2015
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Everything We Know Is Wrong: Can Science Alone Uncover the Truth?

At a time of uncertainty and doubt, we often suppose that science alone can uncover the truth. Yet a recent paper found that 90% of scientific studies are not reproducible. Should we see science as a flawed method and look elsewhere for our truths, or is it the only direct line to reality we've got? The Panel Outspoken philosopher of science Steve Fuller, Economist Data Editor Kenneth Cukier and bestselling theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss tell Gabrielle Walker why so much of what we think we know is wrong.
Online
2016; 2015
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How Men and Women Think: Are Mental Differences Between the Sexes Real?

Many neuroscientists believe disorders of the mind will be solved when we understand the differences between the male and female brain. Yet is frequently argued that men and women are not born but made. Are mental differences between the sexes real? Or is this just sexism dressed up as science? The Panel Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, Darwinian philosopher Helena Cronin and eminent neuroscientist Gina Rippon investigate.
Online
2016; 2015
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Killing the King: The Myth of the Strong Leader

Ancient cultures often chose their leader and gave them unbridled power of life and death. But if the crops failed the leader was killed. Are voters still in thrall to the same fantasy believing each new leader will work miracles? Do we demand the impossible or are our leaders simply incompetent? The Panel Outspoken columnists Polly Toynbee and David Aaronovitch and journalist John Sweeney put our chiefs on trial.
Online
2016; 2015
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Love Incorporated: Can We Measure Our Emotions?

As Romeo and Juliet showed, love is a wild and unpredictable force even when faced with reason and control. But we join online dating sites to increase our probability of finding it. Are emotions and intimacy rational choices that can be measured and explained, or is this the sort of reductionist thinking that love seeks to escape? The Panel Broadcaster and priest Richard Coles, erotic capital theorist Catherine Hakim and consultant psychiatrist Mark Salter investigate love.
Online
2016; 2015
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March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind?

Evil artificial intelligences are luckily confined to fiction. Yet leading scientists claim that intelligent machines are "the most serious threat facing mankind." Are they right or could a mind free from human prejudices create a better world? Or is all talk of artificial intelligence a deluded fantasy? The Panel Physicist Roger Penrose, computer scientist Nigel Shadbolt, and novelist and digital age icon Warren Ellis consider the threat of intelligent machines.
Online
2016; 2015
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Mind, Myth and Madness: Are Biological Accounts of Mental Illness Useful?

From schizophrenia to depression we assume our psychiatric diagnoses are real. But as the mental health epidemic turns global, the categories now seem like the cause. Is it time to abandon our biological account of mental illness? Or is it the best strategy we've got? The Panel Polly Toynbee interrogates Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, author of Madness Explained Richard Bentall and Professor of Mental Health at King's College Dinesh Bhugra.
Online
2016; 2015
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Myself and Others: Are We More Alive When We Are Alone?

We often think being alone is something to fear. Yet it has been an integral component in the lives of many of our greatest thinkers. Are we more real when we are alone and perhaps also more alive? Or was Heidegger right in seeing Being with Others as an essential element of being human? The Panel Historian and broadcaster Kate Williams, philosopher and author of On Being With Others Simon Glendinning and the world record holder explorer Ed Stafford contemplate solitude. In association with The Forum for European Philosophy.
Online
2016; 2015
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Real Men: Is the Real Man a Fantasy?

Being a real man used to be about courage, grit, and determination. But in a metrosexual age of empathy and softness the story is getting blurred. Is the 'real man' a fantasy we should be pleased to see relegated to history along with Marlboro ads, or are these qualities that women still want and society needs? The Panel Jamie Whyte asks radical feminist Julie Bindel, Labour MP Diane Abbott, Erotic Review founder Rowan Pelling and Prospect's Digital Editor Serena Kutchinsky to question the fantasy of masculinity. In association with Prospect.
Online
2016; 2015
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Running the World Differently: What If Women Were in Power?

A world where men and women shared power equally is thought desirable. Yet from Angela Merkel and Mrs. Thatcher, to Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg, leading women often appear to behave similarly to men. Is it a fantasy to believe that having women in power will make the world less violent and problematic? Or would it be fundamentally different? The Panel Orwell Award-winning journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Labour politician Margaret Hodge and BBC broadcaster Ritula Shah envisage a more equal world.
Online
2016; 2015
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The Consolations of Pornography: Is Porn Wrong or a Force for Good?

While pornography can be dehumanizing and exploitative, it can also be educative, liberating, empowering, fulfilling, and immensely socially beneficial. It all depends on how it is made, who makes it, what it depicts, and why it is being used. Activist and author Peter Tatchell speaks out against critics.
Online
2016; 2015
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The Infinite Boom: Is Indefinite Growth a Fantasy?

Growth seems to be back in the UK. But while good for votes, perpetual growth in a closed system seems to defy the laws of physics. Is relentless growth a mistaken fantasy? Will commodity shortage force change? Or is continuous growth a viable proposition for the indefinite future? The Panel Isabel Hilton examines the fantasy of growth with Nobel prize-winning economist Robert Shiller, former Conservative leader Michael Howard and author of The Coming First World Debt Crisis Ann Pettifor.
Online
2016; 2015
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The Reality of Feeling: Reason and Emotion

From the exhilaration of love to the depths of nihilistic despair, we think emotion clouds our access to the cold hard stuff of reality. Yet Einstein claimed intuition was a sacred gift and the rational mind only its servant. Are feelings a truer guide to reality than reason? The Panel Author of The Roots of Reason David Papineau, Cambridge sociologist Véronique Mottier and American philosopher of mind Berit Brogaard interrogate the intellect and the instinct.
Online
2016; 2015
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The Wealth Delusion: Happiness and Inequality

Most of us would like to be richer. But surveys suggest the super rich are no happier than the rest of us and mental disorders and unhappiness increase with inequality. Do we need a more equal society, and a global tax on wealth, or does wealth benefit us all as a driver of investment and growth? The Panel Nobel Laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, philosopher Jamie Whyte and Oxford development economist Frances Stewart debate wealth and well-being.
Online
2016; 2015
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Thinking and Being: Philosophy in Life and Experience

Socrates famously claimed "the unexamined life is not worth living." Yet from surfing to sex, playing an instrument to riding a bike, our most joyous moments are not when we are lost in thought, but when we are lost in experience. Do we reflect too much and should we explore being more, or is this a hippie illusion? The Panel Philosopher and author Robert Eaglestone, Coco de Mer founder Sam Roddick, and author of Authenticity is a Con Peter York think about philosophy in life and living in the moment.
Online
2016; 2015
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Vanity Fair: Is Narcissism a Virtue That We Need More of?

With more photos taken every two minutes than in the entire 19th century, the Selfie generation would make Narcissus blush. Yet from Napoleon to Steve Jobs, self-absorption is often a trait of leaders. Should we celebrate self-promotion to create a more confident outgoing culture, or is British understatement a treasure? Philosopher Simon Blackburn, broadcaster and NCH historian Suzannah Lipscomb and politician George Galloway examine the value of vanity.
Online
2016; 2015
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Actual Consciousness: The Limits of Human Consciousness and Thought

Are our minds confined to our bodies? Eminent philosopher Ted Honderich uncovers the true reach of consciousness.
Online
2016; 2015