noun an ALSO festivaler-goer's ability to bring new and exciting ideas to their consciousness and thought
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Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS takes to the stage to help us understand the last year in statistics, it is a job for such a majestic mathematician. The respected British statistician and Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge has been a firm fixture on the TV screen as Netflix - he's here to help us understand what just happened and what we can learn from the numbers for the future. Bring your questions and a strong coffee.
Don’t miss behavioural scientist, activist and author, Pragya Agarwal is at ALSO21 and her session ‘(M)otherhood’ - the subject of her brilliant new book, (M)otherhood: On the choices of being a woman. She’ll use her own varied experiences and choices as a woman of South Asian heritage to explore the broader societal, historical and scientific factors that drive how we think and talk about motherhood. As well as looking at how women’s bodies have been monitored and controlled through history, and how this shapes the political constructs of motherhood and womanhood now.
Have our memories really got worse during the pandemic? If you have felt more forgetful during the pandemic you're not alone. Join Claudia Hammond, Prof Catherine Loveday and ALSO Festival’s Helen Bagnall as they explore time perception during the pandemic and the impact on memory.
Bestselling author and social historian Hallie Rubenhold's extraordinary work, The FIVE: The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper reclaims five women who became the Ripper’s victims and who, until her book, have never been given a voice of their own and, worse, had been disregarded by society for over 130 years. Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction, her work has been praised for changing our narrative on these famous crimes forever.
Leading public philosopher, Roman Krznaric will be exploring the ways you can be a good ancestor, the subject of his powerful book, The Good Ancestor: How To Think Long Term in a Short-Term World. Yes, we'll explore how to think long-term - neglected but unique to the human-animal - from expanding our time horizons and learning from the superb animal world by caring for all the places you call home so they will nurture the many generations that come after us.
This Also Festival institution features speakers from the day's programming at the festival who will bring the broadsheets to life in our great fun, fast-paced morning session. Hosted by broadcast star, Nichi Hodgson. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your day with us.
Want the most up to date evidence on the use of CBD for anxiety, depression, insomnia, joint pain and many other health concerns? Internationally-recognised expert, Dr Dani Gordon, with years of clinical experience in prescribing cannabis and CBD in many forms, takes us on an entertaining and enlightening journey about the cannabis plant and its benefits. She'll cut through the hype, dispel the myths, and introduce us to the fascinating endocannabinoid system in our own body.
You will not want to miss our highly immersive session MOVE - the new science of body over mind from biologist and consultant to the New Scientist Caroline Williams, and her superb case for movement in our lives, and if there's ever been a year to reassess our relationship with movement this it! Lookout throughout the festival for many different opportunities to move your body in different ways as we bring Caroline's excellent research to practical life. Why not try as many as you can?
Rock star classicist Natalie Haynes sits down at ALSO to help us understand anew the most loved and the most misunderstood of mythological figures and creatures. Gods, goddesses and gorgons will definitely feature in the award-winning novelist's tour of the ancient world so feel free to dress accordingly.
Don't miss Salena Godden, one of Britain's best loved poets and performers, on the ALSO stage with her life-affirming fire-starter of a novel Mrs Death Misses Death.
Us humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive and baffling animals on the planet. But have we forgotten who we really are? Environmental philosopher and history of humanity researcher, Melanie Challenger explores the idea that we struggle psychologically with thinking of ourselves as animals and why for the sake of all of us that share this planet how to get back in touch with our animal nature.
We had to hear from the defining zeitgeist author of the award-winning ANIMALS (now a film with Holliday Grainger), ADULTS (Sunday Times Bestseller) and now AFTER THE STORM - a powerful call-to-arms account of postnatal depression - which holds out a hand to women everywhere and is as brave as it is hilarious Emma Jane Unsworth.
'If a thing loves, it is infinite.' Celebrate what one artist can do in a lifetime with this immersive exploration of the artist's work, philosophy and imagination in a beautiful setting with writer, novelist, journalist and cultural historian John Higgs. Dismissed and misinterpreted when alive, yet Blake now is a rare animal - an inclusive symbol of English identity. Thanks to the work of neuroscientists and psychologists, we are now in a better position to understand what was happening inside that remarkable mind, and we will ultimately discover that it is Blake who helps us to understand ourselves.
Use the space and time ALSO offers to unlock your business model for your next business / side hustle in our masterclass with John Williams, author of WHSmith business book of the month ‘F Work Let’s Play’. In this fun & interactive session, John will show you how to turn any idea into something you can get off the ground in 30 days and grow it into a business you love.
This Also Festival institution features speakers from the day's programming at the festival who will bring the broadsheets to life in our great fun, fast-paced morning session. Hosted by broadcast star, Natalie Haynes. It's an ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your day with us.
We’re delighted to have poetry from Zafar Bhatti from Poets for Peace who bring poets together from across the community with the aim of breaking down barriers between faiths and promoting social cohesion. Catch them on the lake stage, Sunday morning for a poets for peace session, presenting a range of Poetry hoping their words and such a beautiful setting will touch upon your heart.
Food, and how we search for and consume it, has defined our human journey. Whether it's the daily decision of what to eat, or the monopoly of industrial food production, food touches every part of our world. But by forgetting its value, we have drifted into a way of life that threatens our planet and ourselves. So join us as architect and leading thinker on food and cities, Carolyn Steel draws on insights from philosophy, history, architecture, literature, politics and science, as well as stories of the farmers, designers and economists who are remaking our relationship with food in her provocative and exhilarating vision for change.
Exclusive for ALSO21, the Professor of Theoretical Physics from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge will take ALSO-goers on an extraordinary journey into the farthest reaches of the solar system. David has picked the most beautiful images from the Hubble telescope on our huge screen. Far out!
There's nothing wrong with being small. Fresh from teaching this course at CERN, ALSO Favourite Prof David Tong presents 'particle physics' the highlights - everything you need to know about particle physics in one beautifully explained in this 45 minute session - expect high energy, quantum fields and gravity doing its thing. Plus we'll be asking him about those rumours that the future of CERN is to become the world's longest roller rink.
This is your chance to get up to speed with the universe (rather than travel at the speed of the universe which thanks to David we all know is 299,792,458 m/s) in this Q&A session with world-renowned physicist Prof David Tong. We'll be reviewing what kind of year the universe has had and hearing about its plans for the future, through the big space stories of the year.
Zoologist and University of Cambridge animal communication expert (wolves are his speciality) Dr Arik Kershenbaum talks to human voice expert Juliet Russell about the ways animals communicate (why and how they do so) and what this might mean for extra-terrestrial life. This is the story of how animal life really works, on Earth and in space.
In Conversation about feeding the world with Professor in Food and Nutrition for Global Hygeine at London School of Health and Tropical Medicine Alan Dangour,
Millennial? Boomer? Gen Xer? Bored by the tired cliches about you and your tribe? Too right. Ahead of publication of his work, polling expert and professor of public policy, Bobby Duffy is at ALSO to explain how generations change and why? He'll help us understand the most divisive issues raging today: from climate change to cancel culture his research will transform how you view the world restoring more love and harmony between the generations.