Me at Hay this year:

Do come along to Hay-on-Wye to their philosophy and music festival ‘Where the light gets in’ (http://howthelightgetsin.org/ ), this May/June. I’m on the programme in the following 3 events. The 2nd event will hopefully be fairly explosive; and I am delighted to have Nassim T. responding to me (though I suspect it will end up more of a double-act), in the 3rd:
Event [360]
Saturday 1 June 2013
9:00am
Venue: Pavilion

Philosophy Session

Philosophy Breakfast

Rupert Read.
‘Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today’s Breakfast is led by philosopher and Green politician Rupert Read, offering stimulation for those keen to get the most of the day ahead.’ Price includes breakfast.
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Event 379
Saturday 1 June 2013
2:30pm
Venue: International

Philosophy Session

In the Beginning was Nature

Alistair McIntosh, Benny Peiser, Rupert Read. Razia Iqbal chairs.
‘All of our political parties are [allegedly] pro-environment now, on the grounds that being green is in everybody’s interest. But should we rather see our attachment to nature as a spiritual response to our place in the universe, or would this risk a return to heathen superstition?

Green politician and philosopher Rupert Read, ecological activist Alistair McIntosh, and director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation Benny Peiser explore our relationship to Nature.’

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Event [425]
Sunday 2 June 2013
11:00am
Venue: Ring

Philosophy Session

How Do You Solve a Problem like Uncertainty?

‘Rupert Read, Nassim Taleb. James Garvey chairs.
Philosopher Rupert Read presents the case for a new paradigm of risk management with a response from Black Swan author Nassim Nicholas Taleb.’

Me on Radio3 on science

Go 35 mins in to hear me debating Keith Laws on the alleged scientificity of psychology on BBC NightWaves on Radio 3, last night: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r5ps2 I thought it went pretty well!
See what you think.
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Here are my past performances on NightWaves, if you are interested to hear more:
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio3/r3arts/r3arts_20130305-1417a.mp3 – go about 25 mins in to hear me debating whether we are living through a new Enlightenment.
And here’s the link for my discussion of Kuhn’s STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS at 50, earlier this year: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01kkp42 (16 minutes in).
[Sadly, you can’t listen to my debate on humanism with A.C. Grayling any more – it’s been taken down]

Syria – civil war and prospects Gilbert Achcar

Wednesday 13th March
Arts 2.01, 1730, University of East Anglia

Professor Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)
Causes and Prospects of the Syrian Civil War
Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS in London. He has degrees in Philosophy (ESL, Beirut), Social Sciences (UL, Beirut) and Social History/International Relations (University of Paris-VIII). His research interests and publication topics include: the political economy and sociology of globalisation, the global power structure and grand strategy, empire theory and the unfolding of US hegemony globally and in the ‘Broader Middle East’, politics and development economics of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, the sociology of religion in general, of Islam and Islamic fundamentalism in particular, social change and social theory. Some of his most recent publications include; The People Want: A Radical Explanation of the Arab Uprising (2013), The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2011), (with Noam Chomsky) Perilous Power: The Middle-East and US Foreign Policy (2010) and The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2006).