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Julian Burrett – Stories are maps

Are stories just a user-friendly interface for dealing with the powerful computers housed in our  “ridiculously over-powered noggins”? That’s the question asked by Julian Burrett in this beautifully illustrated exploration of the purpose of story telling. Stories are complex mnemonics … Continue reading

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Sam Maher – The Serendipity of “What if…?”

What if we all made the effort ask “what if..?” every day? For Sam Maher, who seems to be working out the answer to “what if I simultaneously had more jobs than some people have in a lifetime?”, the results could be magical. … Continue reading

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Michelle Cioccoloni – Bigger Pictures

As Michelle Cioccoloni sat sketching the crowds at David Hockney’s recent exhibition at the Royal Academy she found her biro and paper drawings getting bigger – but not taking up more space; they were taking in more time. In her … Continue reading

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Dave Bull – The Universe

Are you hard or soft? Someone asks you that during a phone conversation you’d usually hang up. Or be willing to put up with a pretty steep phone bill. Find out what Dave Bull‘s answer is in this pacey talk … Continue reading

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Julian Baggini – Are you an illusion?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xin-_TvyOg] In a great talk to round off our evening, Julian Baggini left us with quite a thought to take home with us: is what we think of as “I” a singular indivisible entity, or are we a unique … Continue reading

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Martin Couzins – Cycle lanes. Designed not to be used.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkqPyDhVY5A] The “nudge” was the political notion of last summer – getting people to do what you want by gentle prompting them to do it themselves, rather than forcing them. On that line, committed cyclist Martin Couzins points out, … Continue reading

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