Prominent international thinkers debating big ideas.
The marvellous ability to create almost anything we want in our minds
Our changing attitude to wood and living in a ‘plyscraper’
The etiquette of interrupting a conversation, and the distracting impact of our gadgetry
How do our feet work when we stand or walk, or when we dance with them?
How important is our ability to postpone pleasure and can we ever master it?
Do the things we own and collect enrich our lives or weigh us down?
Do we have to have a ‘pecking order’?
How seemingly insignificant decisions can lead to dramatic outcomes
Are our personalities shaped by what we are born with or shaped by our experiences?
How do organisms change and evolve to adapt to their environment?
How a spark of inspiration is transformed into a line on canvas or a line of verse.
Who can we trust in the world of Big Data and how is it changing our lives?
When is regularity good and when does it become boring, or even oppressive?
Do we want robots to be more social? The Forum at World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York
Spatial processing in the brain, bird migration and natural navigational clues.
How to approach uncertainty in the modern world
How simple cells, molecules and even robots can work together to achieve complexity
Why do some people believe in aliens and extra-terrestrials, and not others?
The impact of leaving the land to its own devices
Transforming biosciences with particles just a few billionths of a metre across
Why they are essential to our planet and how they can even shape our psyche
The advantages and disadvantages of speaking more than one language
The life-giving fluid in science and in our culture
Grass provides 60% of human calorie intake and covers a quarter of the planet
The curious properties of bubbles in the oceans, in our bodies and in art.
The Forum at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
What’s the future of education in South Africa?
Where is the dividing line between what is normal and what is a mental disorder?
When is it better to remain an outsider? And what makes outcasts unwelcome?