This year's HowTheLightGetsIn presents hundreds of talks and debates featuring a selection of the finest minds in philosophy, art, science, politics and more. Our 2014 line-up includes eminent physicist and cosmologist Roger Penrose, Costa award-winning novelist, columnist and comedian A. L. Kennedy, Director of Yale University's Global Justice Program Thomas Pogge, and former Liberal Democrat minister Chris Huhne.
We have just released Festival Live Passes which will be available at an EarlyBird rate until we announce this year's full 2014 programme. They give you unlimited access to all of our live music, comedy acts and late-night parties for the whole festival and come as 3-day or 10-day passes. You can also browse though our Tickets & Programme for select debates and talks until our full programme is released later this month.
Myth and fantasy are the stuff of fiction. They are not meant to be the stuff of real life. Yet are we not all victim to our own fantasies? Might myths be essential to our motivation and success and more broadly reality be woven in with fantasy? Or is this to demean everyday life and make of it a lie?
Vassili Christodoulou asks philosopher and classicist Angie Hobbs, novelist and comic book writer Warren Ellis, and historian of ideas Hannah Dawson to interrogate the myths we live by.
We have no explanation of consciousness. Yet from the origins of life to the workings of the atom, science has provided answers when none were thought possible. Might we be about to crack consciousness as well? An impossible fantasy or an exciting adventure for mankind?
Joanna Kavenna asks eminent physicist Roger Penrose, Master and His Emissary author Iain McGilchrist, and evolutionary psychologist Nicholas Humphrey to explain the all-seeing 'I'.
The Government and the left appear to agree: we have a moral duty to pay tax. Yet hip companies from Google to Starbucks have other ideas. Is paying tax not a moral issue after all? Might avoidance even be a catalyst for growth? Or is paying tax the only way the rich pass the eye of the needle?
Labour politician Diane Abbott, philosopher and former Times columnist Jamie Whyte, and former Liberal Democrat minister Chris Huhne consider a 21st century heresy.
From neuroscience to cosmology, Hawking to Dawkins, many argue science can do away with philosophy. Yet science is replete with philosophical puzzles. Should we see science as one metaphysics amongst others? Or is this to swap the megalomania of science with that of philosophy?
Romantic love is central to our culture, our novels, films and lives. Yet historians argue it is a modern western invention. Might we live more fulfilling lives if we gave up chasing this romantic ideal or does it still offer us the most exciting adventure of our lives?
Philosopher and author Roger Scruton, Telegraph columnist and Secret Diary of a Call Girlauthor Brooke Magnanti, and French philosopher and author of The Paradox of Love Pascal Bruckner pursue true romance.
We think science works because it is true. Yet the theories are different from a century ago and will be different a century hence. Perhaps science is powerful rather than true. Would this lead us to more radical theories or undermine the method that has delivered such success?
Pharmacologist and former Home Office drugs advisor David Nutt, author of The Science Delusion Rupert Sheldrake, and philosopher of physics James Ladyman challenge the power of science.
We think aid saves lives. Yet the IMF warns there is no correlation between aid and growth. Might the UK's £11bn maintain the very cycles of poverty it seeks to abolish? Worse still, is it another name for colonialism? Or would giving up on aid neglect our responsibility to the world's poorest?
Former Panorama editor Roger Bolton asks Development Secretary to Brown Hilary Benn, former BP CEO Tony Hayward, and economist and novelist Teller envisage a future without aid.
Monday 26th May 2014
Monday 26th May 2014
Sunday 24th May 2014
Saturday 31st May 2014