Some of our best bits in philosophy, politics, science and the arts throughout the year! Thank you for joining us in 2021! Stay tuned and let’s make 2022 even better!

Featuring: Anil Seth, Anders Sandberg, Bernardo Kastrup, Hilary Lawson, Slavoj Žižek, Paul Mason, Eka Ikpe, Ella Whelan, Lowkey, Sabine Hossenfelder, Paul Davies, Chandrima Ganguly, Alexander Franklin, Johnjoe McFadden, Sally Phillips, Peter Tatchell and Yaron Brook.

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00:00 Introduction
00:36 Philosophy
09:22 Politics
17:06 Science
26:52 Arts

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Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. His TED Talk on the brain has had close to 12 million views and he is the author of multiple books.

Anders Sandberg is James Martin Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University and his research centres on the ethical and social implications of future technologies and human enhancement.

Bernardo Kastrup is a Dutch computer scientist, philosopher, and one of the most prominent defenders of “metaphysical idealism” – the notion that reality is essentially mental – in the academic world today.

Hilary Lawson is a post-postmodern philosopher and a renowned critic of philosophical realism. He is best known for his work on reflexivity and his theory of Closure.

Slavoj Žižek is a globally renowned philosopher and cultural critic. He is the author of The Sublime Object of Ideology and is the International Director of Humanities at Birkbeck.

Paul Mason is a political commentator, journalist and author of ‘How To Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance.’

Eka Ikpe is an academic and a senior lecturer in Development Economics in Africa and the Director of the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London. Her research centres around a critical understanding of socio-economic transformation processes within an African context.

Ella Whelan is a freelance journalist, commentator and author of What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism.

Lowkey is a UK-based rapper and political activist, his loyal following as impressed by his lyrical stylings as his political insights.

Sabine Hossenfelder is a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, author of Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray and regular contributor to Forbes and the popular physics blog Backreaction.

Paul Davies is Regents’ Professor of Physics and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. He works on the “big questions” of existence.

Chandrima Ganguly is Wolfson’s Henslow Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. They are a cosmologist interested in testing early universe models, and using cosmology to constrain particle physics and theories of gravity.

Alexander Franklin is a philosopher of physics at Kings College London.

Johnjoe McFadden is a scientist, professor and writer at the University of Surrey. He has written many popular science books including Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology and Quantum Evolution.

Sally Elizabeth Phillips is an English actress. She is best known for her main role in Miranda as Tilly, Parents as Jenny Pope and Set the Thames on Fire as Colette in 2015.

Peter Tatchell is a prominent activist, author and co-founder of the queer human rights group OutRage!. Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally.

An economist, entrepreneur, writer, and activist, Yaron Brook is an Objectivist and the current chairman of the board at the Ayn Rand Institute.

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