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Phantom Voices, a hybrid of science and music, will debut on Halloween

A new project from vocal ensemble The Clerks explores the puzzling experience of musical hallucinations Gramophone Award-winning ensemble The Clerks follow up their cutting-edge music/science project Tales from Babel with a new programme— Phantom Voices —about the way the mind imagines music, and what happens when the...

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Where did computational thinking originate? Could Cambridge be a smarter city? How is ubiquitous surveillance changing us?

Dr Tony Hey, Vice President of Microsoft Research, will speak on 29 October about the origins and future of computational thinking, from Alan Turing’s work through to the future of artificial intelligence in ‘ The computing universe ’. His book of the same name will be published in November by Cambridge University Press...

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An interview with Dr Chamion Caballero

Dr Chamion Caballero, a senior research fellow at London Southbank University, is speaking at the Mixed race: the future of identity politics in Britain debate on 25th October. Her research formed the basis of the BBC's recent Mixed Britannia series, fronted by George Alagaiah. With Dr Peter Aspinall of Kent University...

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Largest ever Cambridge Festival of Ideas launches with over 250 events celebrating the very best of the arts, politics and culture

The Festival of Ideas, now in its seventh year, will run for two weeks until 2 November with events—most of them free—ranging from exhibitions, cinema screenings, debates, immersive performances, participatory workshops and concerts. It offers the chance to engage with scholars, learn about cutting edge research and join...

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Why is desire so varied? Can sex be as addictive as drugs? What does being sexually ‘turned on’ look like inside the brain?

Frederick Toates, one of the world's leading writers on biological psychology, lifts the lid to explain the inner workings of lust, on 22 October at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The talk, How sexual desire works , offers a lively tour of the psychology and neuroscience of sexual desire. Toates book, of the same name...

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From Shia identity to the links between sport and faith: religious debates at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Could the Arab Spring lead to a redrawing of the map of the Middle East along sectarian lines? Has the 'Arab Spring' really been a 'Sunni Arab Spring'? And if so, what does it mean to be Shia during this period? An international panel of experts will address these issues as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on 1st...

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Science takes a dramatic twist

A new collaboration between Cambridge University scientist/educators The Naked Scientists and the London Playback Theatre Company debuts at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on 22 October. In ‘A mind full of memories’ three academics share the latest research on memory and the therapies being used to re-wire traumatic...

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From cyberbullying and sexism in science to the lack of male primary school teachers: gender-related events at this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Cyberbullying, sexism in science, women's role in peacekeeping and the pinkification of girlhood are part of a wide range of events that celebrate women’s achievements and explore the challenges still facing them at this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The events are all part of Southbank Centre's WOW–Women of the...

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Confronting global challenges to sexual identities

Leading gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will lead a debate on global perspectives on the challenges to sexual identities at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas in October. Peter Tatchell will join Susan Golombok, professor of Family Research and director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge...

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Celebrate thought at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

A true intellectual feast, it includes over 250 events for all ages and interests, ranging from evening talks and panel discussions to exhibitions, music, theatre, film screenings and participatory workshops. Featured speakers include heterodox economist Ha-Joon Chang, historians Sir Richard Evans and David Cesarani...

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