An awe-inspiring series of 75 pieces of multi-media textile art by adults, children and young people with learning disabilities from 19 countries worldwide to mark the Camphill Movement’s 75th anniversary.
Disturbed by the dehumanisation of those fleeing for their lives as a daily media and political event, Jim Walsh will advocate a new understanding of personal ethics that aims to bring migrants in from the cold of being abstract entities and give them warmth such as every human deserves. By focusing upon some of the ideas contained with Hans-Georg Gadamer’s magnum opus, Truth and Method, Jim will illustrate, with reference to A Scandal in Bohemia and the works of Rene Magritte, how we can start to re-evaluate ourselves when we regard other people.
Writer and performer Richard Waring teams up with director Luke Dixon in the creation of a new solo show. This play tells the story of horror, compassion and tragedy based on an old Jewish medieval folk tale. The Jews of Prague are threatened with a pogrom and the great rabbi of Prague is sent a message from god to create a Golem to save the Jews.
Melanie Keene asks why the fairies and their tales were chosen as an appropriate new form for capturing and presenting scientific and technological knowledge to young audiences.
Italian “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 Italian language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Italian with communicative and fun activities.
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.
For the curious, creative and critical, this event is for anyone interested in the future of London. Over the evening we will talk about health, education, childhood, landscape, biodiversity, air, resilience and much more.
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For decades, we’ve imagine the rise of computer-based life forms, super-intelligences whose intellects could far surpass our own and trigger a new phase in non-human evolution.
Could these visions become real, and why do they have such a grip on our imaginations? How has culture informed AI research? Should we be more worried about sentient machines, or the dumb algorithms and data integration being worked on today? Do we still have privacy under the dead, uncaring gaze of a machine intelligence? What does humanism mean to an artificial intelligence anyway?
Science writer, broadcaster and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford chairs a panel of human intelligences, including leading roboticist Prof Alan Winfield and Dr Kathleen Richardson.
Every moment in time and space is burning, the result of a huge war between the Daleks and the Doctor’s own people, the Time Lords. The Doctor can end the conflict using a special super-weapon. All of space and time will be saved, but he’ll destroy every Dalek and Time Lord, including 2.47 billion Time Lord children. Does he have the right?
Unconditional hospitality is a central idea in contemporary ethical philosophy and it has important implications for psychology. Its political equivalent is the notion of open borders as a utopian critique of nationality and national identity. We can become good hosts by temporarily interrupting the self and our habitual concerns about ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and also by reframing our notion of identity, including national identity. Why ‘unconditional’ hospitality? Because conditional hospitality (the only hospitality we know) has not really worked. Born in the Greek polis and the oman forum, developed further via the Judaeo-Christian tradition and Kantian/Hegelian philosophy, this type of hospitality is juridical: it is handled by codes, norms and regulations, and it is inscribed within the metaphysics of violence. We need an unconditional hospitality because ethics without hospitality is no ethics at all. ...Read More »
DEBATE Jonathan Parker v Paul Carroll Banks and bankers play an essential part in society by protecting, investing and lending money. They play direct and diverse roles at government, company and the individual level. They make absolutely critical decisions in investing in the future success of the UK, including pension, infrastructure and mortgage provision. It is no exaggeration to say that without banks, society as we know it would break down and collapse within 24 hours. This is a very hot topic and Jonathan Parker will argue that today's large banks are a force for good, without them our quality of life would be dramatically diminished. Excessive bonuses are a bone of public contention but these are not a fault of the individual banker but of the embedded culture inherent to the capitalist system, to which mankind owes a huge debt. The motion will be opposed by Paul Carroll. ...Read More »
Disturbed by the dehumanization of those fleeing for their lives as a daily media and political event, Jim Walsh will advocate a new understanding of personal ethics that aims to bring migrants in from the cold of being abstract entities and give them warmth such as every human deserves. By focusing upon some of the ideas contained with Hans-Georg Gadamer’s magnum opus, Truth and Method, Jim will illustrate, with reference to A Scandal in Bohemia and the works of Rene Magritte, how we can start to re-evaluate ourselves when we regard other people. ...Read More »
Recent advances in automation are stripping out all manner of jobs: not just those of clerks, typists and warehousemen. Almost any job involving a programmable process is vulnerable. Chris Bratcher asks should we rejoice, and anticipate their emancipation from labour; or should we be very afraid for the basis of our society? Chris Bratcher thinks the latter. He believes the fall-out from the Industrial Revolution will seem trivial by comparison, and that the imbalance of power between capital (which reaps the benefits of automation) and labour is leading to permanent, but insupportable, levels of unemployment. ...Read More »
Alexandra Stein will discuss cults and brainwashing, focusing on the leadership, structure, ideologies and processes involved. These attributes are common to a variety of dangerous relationships, from one-on-one cults to extremist political groups. There is an urgent need to teach young people about these phenomena at all levels of education. This talk will include suggestions about creating a culture of awareness in order to prevent recruitment to these systems and to increase accountability of the abuses that occur within them. ...Read More »
Nouritza Matossian, a writer of seminal biographies and daughter of genocide survivors asks a burning question. Why did it take a hundred years for the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Young Turks in the Ottoman Empire? A million and a half citizens were uprooted, tortured, killed, robbed of goods and lands. Most countries condemn 'the first genocide of the 20th century, yet England and the USA support Turkey in deceitful denial. Nouritza argues that surviving artists transformed their traumas and raped culture into modern masterpieces. Arshile Gorky, Alan Hovhannes, Aram Khatchaturian, William Saroyan, Charles Aznavour, Sergei Parajanov helped defeat genocide. ...Read More »