Interesting talks to go to this Spring

“Think. Learn. Imagine”. Have your mind rocked by some of the greatest thinkers in the world. An unparalleled programme of live talks and debates in London for people who think big –featuring leading scientists, thought-leaders, business theorists, Nobel Prize laureates, philosophers and authors.

1. A lunchtime Conversation with The New Yorker’s chief theatre critic, Hilton Als.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Hilton Als talks about his new book White Girls. In this incredibly current conversation on race, sex, and love, he will look at the diverse figures who populate the book: from Michael Jackson; Truman Capote; and Eminem; to Jean Michel Basquiat; and Malcolm X, travelling fiercely protected notions of sexual and racial identity that have led us to where we are today.
Friday 16th March, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design, Soho

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2. What Does Quantum Mechanics Actually Mean?
What does the most important theory in all of science actually mean? In this talk based on his new book Beyond Weird, the acclaimed science writer Philip Ball helps us get to grips with the most fundamental theory of physical reality, and to explain how its counterintuitive principles create the world we experience. Join us for an exhilarating tour of the contemporary quantum landscape.
Thursday 22nd March 6.45 – 8pm, Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design, Soho

3. Who we are and how we got here: Ancient DNA & the new science of the human past
Harvard Professor of Genetics David Reich shows us how a revolution in the study of ancient DNA is radically changing our picture of human history and ancestry. Through comparing the genomes of ancient modern humans, archaic humans and present-day populations, ancient migrations and ghosts of long-lost populations are now being revealed. The latest research also tells us about the often surprising ancestry of the people who now inhabit Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas and provides new insights into how human populations spread across the world.
Wednesday 4th April 6.45 – 8pm, Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design, Soho

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4. Factfulness – How To Really Understand the Modern World
“To have Hans Rosling as a teacher is one of the biggest honours in the world.” – Melinda Gates.
The late Dr Hans Rosling became an international phenomenon due to the work he did with his son and daughter-in-law, Ola and Anna, with 20m+ views across their many TED talks and cited by Bill Gates as a ‘true inspiration’.
In this talk based on his last book Factfulness, which Hans described as “my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance, and my final attempt at making an impact on the world,” Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling- Rönnlund, reveal the ten dramatic instincts, and the key preconceptions, that lead to us consistently misunderstanding how the world really works. This event is a must for anyone who wants to really understand the world.
Tuesday 10th April, 6.45 – 8pm, Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street

5. How To Think Flexibly in a Constantly Changing World with
Leonard Mlodinow in conversation with Robin Ince.
Why do some businesses survive, and others fail at the first sign of change? What gives the human brain the edge over computers? The answer: Elastic Thinking. It’s an ability we all possess, and can hone in order to succeed. Leonard Mlodinow, physics professor, TV scriptwriter and bestselling author, explores how elasticity works. He discovers how flexible thinking enabled some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians and innovators to create paradigm shifts. He investigates organisations that have demonstrated an elastic ability to adapt to new technologies. Elastic explains how to thrive in an endlessly dynamic world, at a time when an ability to adapt is more important than ever before.
Wednesday 11th April 6.45 – 8pm, Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street

6. Has the West Lost It?
The West’s status as the centre of global wealth and power is coming to an end. As China and India, among others, rise to the top of the world’s pecking order, how should the West react?
In this talk, Kishore Mahbubani argues provocatively that if the West doesn’t change its ways , it’s toast as it can no longer impose its power and ideals on the world at large, and that only by admitting its decline can the West set itself up for strategic success in the long term.
Thursday 12th April 6.45 – 8pm, Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design

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7. How will Virtual Reality Technology Shape Our Future?
In this fascinating talk, Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, discusses how Virtual Reality technology will shape the future and how it can be used to hone our performance, improve our learning and communication abilities, and enhance our empathic and imaginative capacities.
Join us to understand how our world will be changed with the introduction of Virtual Reality technology.
Wednesday 25th April 6.45 – 8pm, Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street

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8. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs – the Untold Story of the Lost World
A new generation of dinosaur hunters is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created an empire that lasted for around 150 million years. Steve Brusatte, one of the world’s leading palaeontologists, has uncovered human-sized tyrannosaurs and monstrous carnivores larger than T Rex, and his ground-breaking work has led to a new understanding of how these beasts began. From why they became extinct to how they were much more intelligent and successful than we ever thought, spreading around the globe, developing colossal sizes and diversifying into thousands of species, Join us to hear how modern science is re-examining the age of the dinosaurs to understand their full importance in the earth’s history.
Thursday 3rd May 6.45 – 8pm, Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design

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