A rare opportunity to hear Bernard Avishai who writes regularly for the New Yorker and Ian Black, the author of the highly acclaimed Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 on the Future of Israel. Read more.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in conversation with Hannah MacInnes
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston burst to fame when he became the first man ever to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Now, 50 years on from that famous voyage, he joins the how to: Academy where, in conversation with Hannah MacInnes, he will reveal the extraordinary story of his life. Read more.
A life-changing talk by the BBC’s Doctor in the House on how to combat stress. Many people don’t realise that implementing small changes to their routine can reduce or completely eradicate stress. In this talk Dr Chatterjee will show how by addressing the underlying causes of our anxieties in four main areas: Body, Mind, Relationships, and Purpose, we can learn 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.
In this major talk based on his highly acclaimed new book “Winners Take All”, Anand Giridharadas will argue that philanthropy simply isn’t working and in many cases does more harm than good. 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. Read more.