Salon London at Latitude

Friday 14th July 2017

SALON LONDON: VIVE LE HEDONISTE!

TBC but provisionally scheduled for Friday 14th July 18:00-19:00 in The SpeakEasy Arena

Clean eating and clean living are all very well but are we actually built for lives that strip out pleasure? What is the point of us of our inner hedonism if having one doesn’t give us some advantages in life? Prof Wolfram Schultz is exactly the neuroscientist to ask. Just awarded one of the biggest awards in the world of science for his research into the brain and pleasure – he will explain our conflicted relationship with good times with Salon London’s Helen Bagnall, while author and philosopher Dr Jules Evans will show how history demonstrates that we ignore our need for joy and celebration at our peril as collective joy is fundamental to us flourishing as humans.

 

SALON LONDON: MINDFULNESS – THE HARD SCIENCE

TBC but provisionally scheduled for Saturday 15th July 15:00-16:00 in The Wellcome Trust Arena

Salon London has been waiting a long time to ask the question: ‘Mindfulness, does it actually work?’ They have been waiting in particular for Prof Willem Kuyken to answer the question because his role as Director of the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness Centre means he has the up to the minute scientific evidence to evaluate the benefits of the practise.  Is it the perfect antidote to modern life or do we need to be mindful skeptcis about what it can do for us? Have the benefits been oversold, how can training provide practical tools to improve the brain and the body. Finally find out the facts from the academic who really knows. 

 

SALON LONDON: GENE EDITING – EXCITING OR TERRIFYING?

TBC but provisionally scheduled for Sunday 16th July 12:30-13:45 in The SpeakEasy Arena

At Salon London we’ve been working hard to get our heads round the fact that death is becoming discretionary for a little while now, so we are so pleased to be able to go a little bit deeper to find out how, when, and why? Professor of Molecular Genetics John Joe McFadden who will talk us through the ethics that come with the reality of gene editing, Head of the Pre Clinical Genome editing at the University of Cambridge Dr Alistair Russell explains exactly where we are in eradicating fatal diseases and bringing back the woolly mammoth (in that order, obviously) and we’ll be hearing from UCL’s Dr Cate Pendegrass who leads the UK in fascinating work to merge our flesh with machines.

 

SALON LONDON: FALSE MEMORIES OF TIME AND PLACE

TBC but provisionally scheduled for Saturday 15th July 18:30- 19:30 in The Faraway Forest

Memory is a very strange thing. Our sense of self is intrincically bound up with our memories and yet recent academic research reveals our memories, even our most precious ones are constantly being edited and often contain entirely false elements.  Is this right, and if so what does this mean for our identity?  Leading False Memory scholar Dr Kimberely Wade will explain all to Helen Bagnall while fascinating cultural historian John Higgs will ask us to consider whether the Great British countryside might hold in its geography collective memories of past happenings, ones that we could learn from if we cared to listen in to the landscape.  Join us to explore this alternative narrative of memory with Salon London.

Speakers

  • Prof Johnjoe McFadden

    Prof Johnjoe McFadden

    Ethics for Immortality

    Johnjoe McFadden is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey and editor of Britain’s leading text book on molecular biology. He obtained his PhD at Imperial College London and went on to work on human genetic . . .
  • Catherine Pendegrass

    Catherine Pendegrass

    The Possibilities of Merging Humans with Machines

    Catherine Pendegrass PhD, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Materials and Tissue and the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science at UCL. Catherine is a Senior Lecturer in the department for Materials, Centre for . . .
  • Dr. Alasdair Russell

    Dr. Alasdair Russell

    Genome Editing Technologies

    Dr. Alasdair Russell is head of Pre-Clinical Genome editing at CRUK Cambridge Institute.   Alasdair heads up a specialised team that provide a centralised ‘Hub’ for the innovation and application of state-of-the-art . . .
  • Roman Krznaric

    Roman Krznaric

    Why we need to stop ‘living in the moment'

    Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, including Carpe Diem Regained, Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than 20 languages. He is the founder of the world’s first Empathy . . .
  • Dr Scilla Elworthy

    Dr Scilla Elworthy

    Brokering Peace

    Scilla Elworthy. PhD, founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, work which included a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and . . .
  • Prof Hilary Greaves

    Prof Hilary Greaves

    The Power of Effective Altruism

    Hilary Greaves is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. Her current research focusses on various issues in ethics, including: foundational issues in population . . .
  • Dr Kate Raworth

    Dr Kate Raworth

    Creating a New Economic Mindset

    Kate Raworth is an economist whose research focuses on the unique social and ecological challenges of the 21st century. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and also . . .
  • Dr Nick Southgate

    Dr Nick Southgate

    Why We Need to Care About Advertising

    Nick Southgate is a former adman, lapsed philosopher and occasional and confused cultural critic. He obtained a PhD in philosophy last century before, inevitably, getting a job in an advertising agency. A meteoric rise to the . . .
  • Dr Catherine Loveday

    Dr Catherine Loveday

    Music, dancing and oxytocin.

    Dr Catherine Loveday is a Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Westminster. She is passionate about public communication of neuroscience, especially in relation to music. Much of her research is focussed on the . . .
  • Tim Lawrence

    Tim Lawrence

    Studio 54

    Tim Lawrence is the author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79 and the co-founder of Lucky Cloud Sound System, which has been staging Loft parties in London since 2003. He is a professor of cultural . . .

Venue

  • The Hospital Club

    24 Endell Street, London

    WC2H 9HQ

    www.thehospitalclub.com

  • Hay Hill

    12 Hay Hill, London

    W1J 8NR

    www.12hayhill.com/

  • Foyles

    113-119 Charing Cross RoadLondon

    WC2H 0EB

    www.foyles.co.uk/bookstore-charing-cross

  • The Proud Archivist

    2-10 Hertford Rd,London

    N1 5ET

    www.theproudarchivist.co.uk/

  • The KPH

    139 Ladbroke Grove
    London

    W10 6HJ

    thekph.com/

  • The Apartment, Hoxton Hotel

    81 Great Eastern Street
    London

    EC2A 3HU

    www.hoxtongrill.com/

  • Concrete

    56 Shoreditch High Street
    London

    E1 6JJ

    www.concretespace.co.uk/

  • The Masonic Hall

    Station Ave
    Harrogate
    North Yorkshire

    HG1 5NE

    www.harrogatemasonichall.com/

  • Hampton Court Palace

    East Molesey
    Surrey

    KT8 9AU

    www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/

  • Digital Shoreditch

    370A Old Street, London, Greater London

    EC1V 9LT

    www.digitalshoreditch.com