HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, is back with the thought-provoking ideas and unforgettable parties you've come to expect. There's an array of new stages and surprises, as our site expands again for 2015 with many more events running throughout the day and evening.

The 2015 festival theme is 'Fantasy and Reality'. In our topsy-turvy, postmodern, and often virtual world, has the real become a mirage created from our fantasies? And which current fantasies will become tomorrow's reality? We’ve released a few debates as a preliminary taster of the line up to come.

We've also released our first few music events and launched our Festival Live Party Passes which give you access to both our sites, as well as our great line-up of music and entertainment events. Snap yours up for entry to our unmissable Live programme.

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Unnatural Laws

From Newton's laws to E=mc2, we think we have uncovered the secrets of the universe. But some claim these laws evolve and others point to their human and cultural origins. Might eternal natural laws be human hubris? Or is the mind of God in our grasp?

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Catching Sight of Ourselves

Far flung destinations are often home to those seeking to 'find themselves', encouraged perhaps by Socrates' maxim for an ethical life: 'know thyself'. But is the self a real and stable enough 'thing' that it can be known? Or can we never catch sight of ourselves in the mirror?

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Institute of art and ideas