A life-changing talk by the BBC’s Doctor in the House on how to combat stress through addressing the underlying causes of our anxieties in four main areas: Body, Mind, Relationships, and Purpose. In this talk Dr Chatterjee will provide you with simple tools for how to cope and live a happier, more fulfilling and stress-free life. Read more.
An unmissable conversation between Richard Wrangham, Harvard Professor of Biological Anthropology and the evolutionary behavioural scientist Professor Tamás Dávid-Barrett on “The Goodness Paradox: How Evolution Made Us Both More and Less Violent” – Richard Wrangham’s new book which is set to be as important and revolutionary a book as Gun, Germs and Steel, the Language Instinct, Black Swans or Thinking Fast and Slow. It may not always seem so, but day-to-day interactions between individual humans are extraordinarily peaceful. That is not to say that we are perfect, just far less violent than most animals, especially our closest relatives, the chimpanzee and their legendarily docile cousins, the Bonobo. Perhaps surprisingly, we rape, maim, and kill many fewer of our neighbours than all other primates and almost all undomesticated animals. But there is one form of violence that humans exceed all other animals in by several degrees: organized proactive violence against other groups of humans. It seems, we are the only animal that goes to war. In this conversation Professor Richard Wrangham will explore this paradox at the heart of human behaviour. Drawing on new research by geneticists, neuroscientists, primatologists, and archaeologists, he will show that what domesticated our species was nothing less than the invention of capital punishment which eliminated the least cooperative and most aggressive among us. But that development is exactly what laid the groundwork for the worst of our atrocities. Join us for this major talk which will revolutionise our understanding of humanity. Read more.
Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE and bestselling author of Happiness by Design, presents a radical rethinking of what really makes us happy. Be ambitious, get married, have kids and look after your health. This is what we’re told will make us happy, but what if these stories are doing more harm than good? Drawing on new research about wellbeing, inequality, discrimination and life satisfaction Paul will shatter the common myths about our sources of happiness and show that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting happiness. These might involve choosing not to marry or be monogamous, deciding not to go into higher education and caring a little less about living for as long as possible. Join us for a new appraisal of what it is that leads to happiness, with Paul presenting his new book Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life. Read more.
An unmissable talk by Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim , one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers in the world, and author of the international bestseller The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down. Drawing on his new book – How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection – Haemin Sunim will show that just as we are advised on airplanes to take our own oxygen first before helping others, we must first be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with the world around us. Turning his trademark wisdom and kindness to self-care, Haemin will argue that only by accepting yourself – and the flaws which make you who you are – can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships with your partner, family and friends. Read more.
In this talk, practising cosmologist and Princeton University Professor of Astrophysics Jo Dunkley will tell the story of our journey to understanding our Universe. For many years now, we have known the story of the Solar System, and the Earth’s place in it. We have mapped out the stars in the night sky, and have known that we live in a disk of stars that makes up the Milky Way galaxy. But, in the past few decades, huge steps have been taken in the field of astronomy – steps which have let us venture ever further across space and time, with telescopes that let us see, in ever greater detail, those distant parts of the universe that lie far beyond our Solar System’s planets, and even give us a glimpse of the first moments of the Universe. Yet these extraordinary advances in our understanding of the wider Universe have led us to even greater mysteries. What happened in the first moments after the Big Bang? What are the mysterious ‘dark’ parts of the Universe? And, what happens in those parts of space where conditions are so intense that our laws of physics break down? Read more.