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Howthelightgetsin 2015 Philosophy and Music Festival – some great sessions Sat 23 and Sun 24 May


HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, is back in Hay and bigger than ever, with the thought-provoking debates, infectiously danceable music and parties that you’ve come to expect.

The full programme has just been announced and can be found here. For powerful talks and penetrating debates, explore the 2015 theme: Fantasy and Reality.

Whilst your studies may prevents you attending the whole 11 days.  There are some great things happening on Sat 23 and Sunday 24 May.  Click here to view the full program.

The following might particularly be of interest:

Saturday 10.00 am  The Point of it All by Mark Rowlands.

We keep searching for life’s meaning. We still have no answer. The Philosopher and the Wolf author Mark Rowlands shows us where to look.

 Saturday 10.30 am The Road to the Good Life by Peter Hacker, Bettany Hughes, Mark Rowlands. David Malone hosts.

The Age of Reason has given us an embarrassment of wonders. But is it a mistake to believe we can rationalise our way to the good life? If we were more emotional and less mechanical could we forge a better world? Or has the history of the West proved reason to be humankind’s greatest faculty and asset?

 Oxford philosopher and Wittgenstein scholar Peter Hacker, author of The Philosopher and the Wolf Mark Rowlands, and historian and Socrates biographer Bettany Hughes debate reason and emotion.

Saturday 12 pm  Beyond Words by Daniel Everett, Hilary Lawson. Hannah Dawson hosts.

Perhaps responsible for the success of the human species, the power of language is remarkable. Yet a description of love, or a storm at sea, is not the same as the experience. Might language not describe reality at all? Is meaning a human fantasy of unlimited power and risk, or does it tell us how it really is?

 Anthropologist and linguist Daniel Everett and Closure theorist Hilary Lawson confront the limits of language. Hannah Dawson hosts.

Saturday 6.45 pm The Next Universe by Roger Penrose.

What came before the big bang? What happens when our universe ends? Eminent theoretical physicist Roger Penrose presents his extraordinary new view of the comsos.

“The most important physicist to work in relativity theory except for Einstein” Lee Smolin

Saturday 7 pm Je Suis Charlie? with David Aaronovitch, Myriam Francois-Cerrah, Brian Klug. Stephen Sackur hosts.

Millions on the streets of Paris were testament to the importance of freedom of speech. Yet Charlie Hebdo’s blasphemous images were not shown in the UK press. Are we cowardly and our belief in freedom a fantasy?  Or should we be proud of our multicultural values and our respect for Muslim beliefs?

 Oxford philosopher and author of Offence Brian Klug, Times columnist David Aaronovitch and outspoken journalist Myriam Francois-Cerrah contemplate freedom. Stephen Sackur hosts.

 In association with Guardian Live.

and there is plenty more on Sunday too!


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