Thursday 20th September 2018

Are We Human or Are We Chancer?

Are we human or are we chancer? On 20th September, Salon London will be at the (gorgeous) Hospital Club, Covent Garden with three incredible speakers to find out.

Dr Adam Rutherford, star of science on screen, and author of Wellcome Trust prize shortlisted ‘Creation’ described by The Observer as “one of the most eloquent and thoughtful books about science over the past decade”, will unpick the age-old question - are we really any more special than other animals? In an original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam will explain why we like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, despite the fact our biology is indistinct from all other life.

Historically, economists and firms alike have thought self-interest is the main source of our motivation, but what if that is not the case? LSE's Professor Nava Ashraf’s pioneering research on Altruistic Capital, the idea that every individual has within them an intrinsic desire to serve, shows that today more employees than ever before want their work to have meaning. Hear Nava detail her incredible research that challenges (and sometimes disproves) popular economic theory.

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Why are we like we are? The award-winning presenter and comic, Robin Ince will be on the Salon London stage to examine the human condition through the prism of humour. And what better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians - those who professionally examine our quirks on stage daily?

Doors open at 7pm, first speaker on at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £15, or why not become a member?



  • Dr Adam Rutherford

    Dr Adam Rutherford

    The Book of Humans

    Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood . . .
  • Professor Nava Ashraf

    Professor Nava Ashraf

    Altruistic Capital

    Nava Ashraf is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics. She is also Director of Research of the Marshall Institute. Professor Ashraf’s research combines psychology and economics, . . .
  • Robin Ince

    Robin Ince

    A Comedian's Take on What Makes Us Human

    Robin Ince is co-presenter of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He has won the Time Out Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, was nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Live show, and has won three Chortle . . .