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The European cost of culture and stability—an open debate

Do we want to get out of the EU before understanding what we get out of it? Euroscepticism is on the rise and will be tackled head-on this Friday night at a prestigious event in Cambridge. Experts from Switzerland, Cyprus, Belgium and the UK will challenge views of what cost means in terms of national control and...

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Looking at artificial others: mannequins with x-ray vision

The scans of the two historic mannequins were taken at Addenbrooke's Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals, to discover their internal workings without damaging them. At the same time, radiologists and engineers were able to use the data from the non-human bodies to test not yet clinically approved software on...

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Drama in the dark kicks off a host of arts events at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

A new stage show, whose story draws on the thriller genre and takes place in complete darkness with the audience wearing headphones, will debut at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Commissioned by the Festival, Fiction is described as an anxious journey through the sprawling architecture of our dreams. The show plays on the...

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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 nationalism to climate conspiracy: politics debates at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

From nationalism to European identity, the future of Greece, gay rights around the world and the benefits of multiculturalism: this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas has a host of timely political debates and talks on offer later this month. The Festival runs from 20 October to 2 November. Now in its seventh year, it aims...

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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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