31 May - Four Ways to Live Forever?
A debate triggered by Stephen Cave new book Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilisation, looking at the many ways humans have tried to cheat death – from ancient Egyptian ideas about preserving the soul to transhumanist dreams of downloading consciousness onto computers (read Stephen Cave 's recent piece for New Humanist on the subject). In addition to Stephen Cave the panel features biologist and expert on ageing Lewis Wolpert (read a recent interview with him), and Catherine Mayer, Europe Editor of Time magazine and author of Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of living Agelessly. Panel will be chaired by New Humanist Editor Caspar Melville. Tickets, on the door, are £7 (£5 for members of the Rationalist Association).
27 June - 5 July - Looking In Looking Out: a philosophy and film festival
An innovative series of films, talks, lectures and workshops exploring the relationship between film and philosophy – from existentialism in Cronenberg's Crash, to the phenomenology of Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, to the ethics of superheroes – in the company of special guests Will Self, Bidisha, Mark Vernon, Julian Baggini, Robin Ince and many more. Earlybird ticket offer until 1st June: £35 week pass, which guarantees access to over 30 screenings, talks and workshops.