November 26, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Was David Hume the first Humanist? @ Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT    | London | United Kingdom
Scottish philosopher David Hume wrote extensively on ethics, and on religion. His great contribution was to recognise what has become a central tenet of modern Humanism; which is that the second typically has nothing positive[...]
November 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Humans and other animals: The tangled web of culture @ The Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
Are humans unique in their diverse and wide-ranging cultures? How much of the cultural difference we see can be attributed to the local environment? And what impact can the way societies behave have on the[...]
November 27, 2014 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Stevyn Colgan: Mr Green and Mr Gray cannot visit us today @ The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks | London | United Kingdom
Given the bewildering variety of life on Earth – all stemming from one self-replicating molecule – can we really predict what life on other worlds is like? Maybe not. But we can imagine what it[...]
November 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Long distance cycling evening @ The Gallery | London | United Kingdom
Have you thought about cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats, the Coast to Coast cycle route or something further afield in mainland Europe? Want to learn more or hear travellers tales from fellow long[...]
November 28, 2014 @ 7:50 pm – 9:15 pm
Topology, geometry and life in three dimensions @ The Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
If you imagine a three dimensional maze from which there is no escape, how can you map it? Is there a way to describe what all possible mazes look like, and how do mathematicians set[...]
November 28, 2014 @ 7:50 pm – 9:20 pm
Topology, geometry and life in three dimensions @ Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
If you imagine a three dimensional maze from which there is no escape, how can you map it? Is there a way to describe what all possible mazes look like, and how do mathematicians set[...]
November 29, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Self-Publishing in the Digital Age  @ Wellcome Collection | London | United Kingdom
If you’re looking to self-publish your book, then this full-day event will provide you with the very best advice from self-publishing industry experts. From editing your manuscript to choosing a distributor, from winning the Amazon[...]
November 30, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Has human prosperity peaked already? @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom
Will the future bring only greater poverty and more turmoil? Is it too late for us to take preventive action? Do we have any real leadership in the world, or are we merely drifting? These[...]
December 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
The Purpose of the Arts Today @ Kings Place, Hall One | London | United Kingdom
Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, philosophers have pondered on the nature and purpose of the arts, but artists have gone on making them and audiences enjoying them – or not – regardless of[...]
December 1, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
Iszi Lawrence brings us festive fun including music, comedy, quizzing and, of course, free mince pies and chocolate. The pub will be selling mulled cider too. Special festive guests include Paul Gannon of Geekatorium and[...]
I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That! w/ @bengoldacre @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom
The very best journalism from one of Britain’s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling “Bad Science” and “Bad Pharma” and his new book “I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More[...]
December 2, 2014 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Byzantine book production in east & west after the fall of Constantinople In what way and to what extent do early post-Byzantine Greek manuscripts reflect cultural affiliations, alienations, exchange processes, appropriations? On the basis of[...]
December 2, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Brainwashing people is wrong w/ @johnsweeneyroar @ Room LG01, New Academic Building | London | United Kingdom
John Sweeney states the bleeding obvious in a hilarious and thought-provoking talk on the dangers of brainwashing. Totalitarian thought reform works in places like C21st North Korea, Mao’s China and inside cults because information is[...]
BAFTA Conversations with Screen Composers w/ @DavidGArnold @ Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) | London | United Kingdom
BAFTA-nominated and Grammy Award-winning composer David Arnold is best known for scoring five Bond films including Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. David’s scores[...]
December 2, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
The Englishness of English Architecture @ Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) | Richmond | Virginia | United States
Discussion and debate exploring the national traditions of English Architecture, their origins and evidence today. The photographer Edwin Smith had a fascination with the buildings of England. Pouring over the landscape and in villages, towns[...]
December 3, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Discovering People: Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE @ The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) | London | United Kingdom
The charity leader, psychotherapist and advocate for vulnerable children shares her views on life and society’s treatment of young people facing challenging circumstances in this conversation with Libby Purves.
December 3, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grantchester Christmas Special Book Club @ Bloomsbury Institute | London | United Kingdom
We go behind the scenes of Grantchester for a very special Bloomsbury Book Club this Christmas. Author James Runcie and scriptwriter Daisy Coulam discuss the dramatisation of the first of ‘The Grantchester Mysteries’ series: Sidney[...]
December 3, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Making a Universe @ Makerversity, Somerset House  | London | United Kingdom
An evening event with artist, Alistair McClymont, and Dr Ceri Brenner, Making a Universe explores artistic and scientific practices that deal with contained and extreme environments. Artist Alistair McClymont creates poetic machines that contain ‘natural’[...]
Electric Cars are Rubbish. Aren't They? w/ @bobbyllew @ Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom
Nothing but glorified golf carts that take forever to charge and then run out of power on the way to the shops. They cost a fortune to buy and another fortune to replace the battery[...]
December 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A ‘New Magna Carta’: time for a codified constitution? @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom
Should the UK have a codified constitution? How would it protect equality and Human Rights? Could it entrench current privileges and inequalities? How should constitutional reform deal with the established church? These questions and others[...]
December 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Empire and the museum @ Queen's House, Royal Museums Greenwich | London | United Kingdom
Empire and the Museum will explore how Empire is represented in museums and what is missing and how the historical and contemporary exploration process can be documented and displayed to ensure other voices are included.
December 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
TalkScience@BL Christmas Quiz @ The British Library | London | United Kingdom
Compare your ‘Science IQ’ and battle it out with other teams for the 2014 TalkScience Champions trophy! Back by popular demand, our Christmas Science Quiz gives you a chance to flex your brain biceps and[...]
December 4, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Martin Luther King's Dream: How Can We End Racism Today? @ St Paul's Cathedral | New York | New York | United States
Martin Luther King preached at St Paul’s 50 years ago this December, on his way to Oslo to collect the Nobel Peace Prize. This event will challenge us to fulfil the dream he put to[...]
December 5, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Conservative Leader's Conference @ Queens Building, Queen Mary | London | United Kingdom
Who was the most successful Conservative party leader of all time? And who was the worst? If we were to just count general election victories Margaret Thatcher comes top with three victories. But does this[...]
December 7, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Should we spend billions looking into deep space? @ Conway Hall | Holborn | United Kingdom
I will talk about big basic science projects and the huge tax payers money required, and in particular what is involved in setting up and running a large expensive space program, where there is no[...]
December 8, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir @ Hall Two | London | United Kingdom
Everyone loves a carol – in the end, even Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of midwinter mood, like the aroma of mince pies and mulled wine and the twinkle[...]
The devourer of newts: a novel chytrid fungus on Britain’s doorstep @ Zoological Society of London | London | England | United Kingdom
Population declines are reported in over 30 per cent of amphibian species worldwide. Amphibian chytridiomycosis, caused by the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is increasingly recognised as a significant driver of species extinctions. The emergence[...]
December 10, 2014 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Schizophrenia Genetics: settling the score @ Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience | London | United Kingdom
The Paul Janssen Lecture has been a regular feature of the academic calendar at the Institute of Psychiatry for approximately 20 years and has always been highly successful and well received. Lecturers are chosen on[...]
Recent experiments have shown that children and adults remembering childhood events are particularly poor at recalling highly specific details, details often focused on by investigators, lawyers, and triers of fact, such as clothes worn, weather[...]
December 10, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
The Neuroscience of the Imagination @ Swedenborg House  | London | United Kingdom
How does the imagination actually work? How and why do we see pictures when we’re merely listening to words? The truth is that no-one really knows….and maybe we never will. Tonight’s guide through the mysteries[...]