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Virginia Woolf

From gloom to bloom: Virginia Woolf in Gordon Square

On 9–10 June, for London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend, the University of London held a series of tours and talks on ‘Leading Women’ associated with Gordon Square and its gardens. These included Dr Elizabeth Dearnley’s introduction to the code-breaker and garden historian Mavis Batey and – here – Dr Philip Carter on Virginia Woolf and […]

Let’s talk about the science of belief

Image: Étienne Delaune (c. 1518–1583), Plate 14 from the series The Genesis showing the building of the Tower of Babel. Engraving, 1550–1572. © The Trustees of the British Museum Ahead of their sell-out live discussion at the British Museum on 26 January scientists Sir Colin Blakemore and Professor Tom McLeish, examine what the cognitive impetus which drove the emergence […]

#PotW: The Chandaria Lectures 2017 | Cognitive Gadgets

When: Friday 8 December, 6-7pm Who: Institute of Philosophy Where: The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Evolutionary psychology casts the human mind as a collection of cognitive instincts – organs of thought shaped by genetic evolution and constrained by the needs of our Stone Age ancestors. This picture was plausible 25 years […]

SAS programme hopes for head start with ‘mind sourcing’

Dr Mattia Gallotti, manager of ‘The Human Mind Project’ at the School of Advanced Study, discusses the launch of the first Grand Challenges Public Consultation on the key questions in the study of the mind. Open to early-career and established researchers, and the general public, the Grand Challenge is a chance for everybody to suggest […]

The philosopher who tries to do things the Athenian way

Moral philosopher Dr Simon Beard, discusses existential risk mitigation and why he is standing in next month’s general election. Tell us about yourself I recently completed my PhD in philosophy from the London School of Economics, and am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk in Cambridge. […]

#PotW: TA{s}TE

When: Thursday 27 April 2017, 12pm to Friday 28 April 2017 6pm Who: Institute of Philosophy and The Warburg Institute Where: TATE Exchange, 5th Floor, Switch House, TATE Modern, London SE1 9TG Could appreciating art have more in common with savouring a cup of coffee than you thought? Come and experience by yourself the unexpected strategies your brain […]