Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, delivers the opening lecture of the festival. She argues that women leaders are better placed than men to sort out the crises of the 21st Century.
Aliens: The Ultimate Them and Us
How might the discovery of alien life change the way we think about humanity? Would it fundamentally affect how we understand ourselves and should we prepare for the consequences? Matthew Sweet is joined by leading scientists to discuss Aliens at the Free Thinking Festival 2012.
Evolution and Humanity - What Next?
Is the human race still evolving? Evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel has some fascinating theories about the future of humanity. Are we moving towards a world of one state and one language?
On the eve of the US election, Michael Ignatieff gives a talk on Enemies in Politics at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2012.
Islam and Christianity: The Essential Difference
Tom Holland and Mona Siddiqui discuss the essential difference between Islam and Christianity at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival. Just how different are the two biggest world religions?
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- Lee Hall - BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2012
- Islam and Christianity: The Essential Difference - Free Thinking Festival 2012
- Michael Ignatieff - BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2012