We are seeing a generation of children and teens with excessively high levels of stress, whether from exam pressure, pressure exerted by friends online, and lack of sleep. But few parents recognise the ‘hidden stressors‘ that their children are struggling with. This talk by Dr Shankar based on his new book, Help Your Child Deal With Stress – and Thrive, will give you the tools to help you recognise stress and understand your child’s behaviour, and show how by teaching children the art of self-regulation, it can transform their behaviour helping them to learn to deal with experiences, and develop the confidence, along with the skills and emotional strength needed to navigate the pressures and stresses of the modern world. REVIEWS ‘In this important and timely book, Stuart Shanker encourages us to see our children in a whole new light and gives us the tools we need to help nurture our young in order that they can better manage stress, build resiliency and improve their emotional health. Today’s pupils are under serious pressure to perform; by helping children recognize, identify and talk about their emotions, we can help them find balance and ultimately realise their true potential.’ Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, co-founder of Action for Happiness. Read more.
In this Masterclass Hannah Fry will explain the inner workings of algorithms: their power, their limitations, and whether they really are an improvement on the humans they replace. With algorithms making important decisions in healthcare, transport, finance, security, even what we watch, how much should we rely on them? What kind of future do we want? Join us on an unmissable tour of the ways (examples below) in which our lives might change. EXAMPLES You are accused of a crime. Who would you rather determine your fate – a human or an algorithm? An algorithm is more consistent and less prone to error of judgement. Yet a human can look you in the eye before passing sentence. You need a liver transplant to save your life. Who would you want in charge of organ allocation? An algorithm can match organ donors with patients, potentially saving many more lives. But it may send you to the back of the queue. You’re buying a (driverless) car. One vehicle is programmed to save as many lives as possible in a collision. Another promises to prioritize the lives of its passengers. Which do you choose? Read more.
A major talk by one of our most distinguished and important scientists, Nobel Laureate and President of the Royal Society Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan. Everyone knows about DNA. It is the essence of our being, determining who we are and what we pass on to our children. The ribosome, on the other hand, doesn’t enjoy such wide understanding. Yet without it nothing lives. It is the mother of all molecules. For if DNA is data then it can’t go anywhere, or do anything, without a machine to process it. The ribosome is that machine. In this talk Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan will tell the story of the race to uncover the structure of the ribosome, a fundamental discovery that resolves an ancient mystery of life itself and could lead to the development of better antibiotics to fight the most deadly diseases. Read more.
What makes you the way you are – and what makes each of us different from everyone else? In this talk based on his new book INNATE, leading neuroscientist Kevin Mitchell traces human diversity and individual difference to their roots in the wiring of our brains. Surveying the latest research on the genetic and neural underpinnings of sexuality and intelligence, as well as disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, Kevin Mitchell will examine the social and ethical implications of these findings and the new technologies they have spawned to predict or manipulate human traits. Mitchell’s key insight, that developmental and genetic variations create innate differences in how our brains are wired—differences that impact all aspects of our psychology, will transform the way we understand the interplay between nature and nurture. Read more.
We think we are special, but are we any more special than other animals? After all, life is a family tree four billion years old, with branches enough to contain a billion species. One tree, one origin, with a common code that underwrites all existence, including our own. This paradox – that our biology is indistinct from other animate life, yet we consider ourselves unique – is the central question of the human condition. Many of the things we once thought of as unique to us are not. We are not the only species that communicates, or makes tools, or uses fire, or has sex for non-reproductive reasons, nor are we the only species to have made art. Humanity lies in all of these things and more, but quintessentially in our teaching. We are a species defined by expertise, and the desire to spread that knowledge. Join award-winning science writer Adam Rutherford to hear the full story – informed by the latest scientific discoveries – of how we became us. Read more.