An artistic and curatorial collaboration between Deborah Gardner and Jane Millar. A unique, visual art project that directly responds to Conway Hall’s spaces, ethos, activities and archive.
The sixth (!) The Story conference will be on Friday, February 19th, at Conway Hall in London. Last year you told us it was the best event yet, with brilliant speakers including Nelly Ben-Hayoun, James Bridle, Alexa Clay, Kati London, Gary Carter, Lucy Perman and Simon Munnery. This year we’re getting an even more eclectic, challenging and inspiring list of speakers together, so get your tickets now!
Brazilian-Portuguese “taster” lesson for beginners.
The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Brazilian-Portuguese language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Brazilian-Portuguese with communicative and fun activities.
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Is Obi Wan Kenobi a benign spirit guide or a radical preacher recruiting vulnerable teens to join a terrorist movement that blows up government Death Stars? And is Han Solo really a humanist?
These and other questions will be answered by our panel of experts, including: Anglican priest, Rev. Giles Fraser, Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou and chief executive of the British Humanist Association and Sci Fi supremo, Andrew Copson.
We currently understand very little about how the brain’s hundred thousand million neurons enable us to function, but as technology provides more neurological detail, the mechanisms behind all our various abilities will become intelligible. That’s why philosopher David Chalmers calls this the ‘easy’ problem – it’s potentially soluble. However, the ‘hard’ problem remains: how do the blind, deaf and unemotional particles in our brains conspire to create the colours, sounds, thoughts and feelings comprising our consciousness? Was Alpine climber John Tyndall right to say, in 1868, that this confronted us with an “intellectually impassable chasm”? Norman Bacrac has made an in-depth study of this quandary. ...Read More »
The vast majority of us do not trust politicians. The people’s “democratic” role is limited to voting for a group of individuals whom we didn’t select to rule us for another five years. Although we live in what is called a Democracy we have little involvement in influencing Government policy in the intervening period. Or is this soon to change? The Swiss are nearest to direct democracy. Referenda have been held on major issues since 1848. 50,000 signatures are enough to change a law, this has given them stable government and a productive economy with a very healthy balance of payments compared to UK. Derek Bates will argue that we should be able to properly engage with our elected representatives using modern communication and internet technology, have a “live" influence on our futures and express our opinions - effectively crowd-sourcing innovative policy and direction. This could be used on specific major issues such as bombing Syria, spending £80 billion on HS2 and developing smart cities, and even extend to major policy areas such as economic reform. A million brains could just be a whole lot better than one! ...Read More »
Entertainment, shopping, communication, information for the curious mind, government services, getting a better deal on your gas bill now all happens online. It’s faster and cheaper than phoning a helpline and you can see and talk to loved ones anywhere in the world at zero cost. Liz Lutgendorff will give an overview on how accessibility and digital inclusion means the internet is for everyone. She will also discuss the downsides of everyone being part of an interconnected world. ...Read More »
In 2013, the world began to witness an unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa that is now smoldering. Ebola virus disease has a fatality rate of up to 90%, and there are no proven vaccines or targeted treatments for the disease to date. However, several interventions were in the earliest phases of testing at the beginning of this outbreak. Heated controversy quickly arose as to whether and how these unproven interventions should be used—among researchers, humanitarian health professionals, and the affected communities, but also among bioethicists. Dr Annette Rid discusses the key points of ethical controversy and draws some important lessons for how we should use unproven vaccines and treatments during future epidemics. ...Read More »
We need to shift from three to One Planet Living across the UK, in a way that is inclusive and creates sustainable prosperity for all. But what will this look like and how can we achieve it? Must we divest just from fossil fuel reserves that we can't afford to burn or from the much wider linear 'extractive' economy that this supports? What does that mean for the UK's wider economic strategy – and,critically, can we be better off without getting bigger? In a tantalising talk Jonathan Essex will describe such a ‘circular economy’- with recycling at its core? How will it affect our relationship not just with our environment, but with each other, and with the rest of the world? ...Read More »
Of all the stories about Jesus, the transfiguration has been the most difficult to understand. It contains improbable, miraculous elements: a secret meeting on a mountain with Moses and Elijah - both long since dead, God speaking from a cloud, Jesus with his face and clothes transfigured by heavenly light. The story sits, with curious inconsistencies, uneasily in the gospels. There are two current theories: either that it is an allegory or a misplaced post-resurrection account. Peter Cresswell will carefully take you through the story of the texts to show that neither is right and, in the course of his investigation, causes the pieces of the puzzle to fall dramatically back into place. ...Read More »