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January 28 2014


RSA - The Power of Vulnerability

Influential author and speaker Dr Brené Brown tackles the myth that vulnerability is a weakness. Instead, she argues, it is the clearest path to courage and meaningful connection, and has the power to transform the way we engage and educate. http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2013/the-power-of-vulnerability
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July 04 2011


RSA — The Filter Bubble: How the hidden web is shaping lives

Our online experience is undergoing an invisible revolution. Rapidly and silently a radical process of personalisation is taking place, as each website we visit collects our personal data and tailors itself to us. Increasingly we will live in a “filter bubble” – our own unique information universe, where all the news we will see will be defined by where we live, what we earn and who our friends are. Online pioneer Eli Pariser believes this trend has profound consequences for our democracy, transforming the way we consume information, shaping what we know, how we learn and interact. Eli Pariser visits the RSA to lay bare the forces that are already controlling our online experience, and to argue that it is not too late to change course. Speaker: Eli Pariser is a founder of Avaaz.org, one of the world’s largest citizen organisations, and is now President of the five-million member MoveOn.org. Chair: Aleks Krotoski, academic, journalist and host of the Guardian's Tech Weekly. http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2011/the-filter-bubble-how-the-hidden-web-is-shaping-lives

April 05 2011


Rich Mogull on the RSA Attack and the Epsilon Breach | threatpost

Dennis Fisher talks with Rich Mogull of Securosis about the fallout from the RSA attack and the email breach at Epsilon. https://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/rich-mogull-rsa-attack-and-epsilon-breach-040511

March 25 2011


RSA - The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

The Internet Age: an era of unprecedented freedom in both communication and culture. However each major new medium, from telephone to satellite television, has crested a wave of similar idealistic optimism, before succumbing to the inevitable undertow of industrial consolidation. Every once free and open technology has, in time, become centralised and closed; a huge corporate power taking control of the 'master switch.' Today, as a similar struggle looms over the internet, increasingly the pipeline of all other media, the stakes have never been higher. Tim Wu is a Columbia Law professor, author, policy advocate, who first coined the phrase "net neutrality". He visits the RSA to deliver an essential review of information technology history and to share his unique insight into the next chapter of global communications. Speaker: Timothy Wu, Professor at Columbia Law School, policy advocate and author of The Master Switch (Atlantic Books, 2011). Chair: Tom Chatfield, author, tech and cultural commentator and game writer. http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2011/the-rise-and-fall-of-information-empires

March 15 2011


Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death

An obsession with the nature of death lies at the heart of the human experience, but have the technological advances and scientific discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries led us to believe we can somehow cheat it? Join John Gray and Will Self as they discuss the great implication of Darwin’s ideas - that natural selection makes humans into animals like any other.

January 07 2011


RSA - Chairman's Inaugural Lecture - The Perils of Property

http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/chairmans-inaugural-lecture-the-perils-of-property RSA Keynote Please note that this event has been rescheduled from the original 5th October date. RSA Chairman, Luke Johnson gives this year's inaugural lecture. Luke Johnson, will discuss how a fixation with property ownership has unbalanced the economy and distorted behaviour and public policy. Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA

RSA - The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/the-hidden-history-of-the-financial-crisis RSA Thursday As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on greedy traders, misguided regulators, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? Bethany McLean, co-author of the The Smartest Guys in the Room, visits the RSA to tell the hidden history of the financial crisis, exploring the motivations of everyone from famous CEOs, cabinet secretaries, and politicians to anonymous lenders, borrowers, analysts, and Wall Street traders. Her new book All the Devils Are Here exposes the hidden role of companies including AIG, Goldman Sachs, and Fannie Mae, delves into the powerful mythology of homeownership, and proves that the crisis ultimately wasn't about finance at all; it was about human nature. Speaker: Bethany McLean, columnist for Slate and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and author of The Smartest Guys in the Room (with Peter Elkind) and All the Devils Are Here (with Joe Nocera, Penguin Portfolio 2010) Chair: Paul Mason, economics editor of the BBC's flagship current affairs program Newsnight

RSA - How Intelligence Happens

http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/how-intelligence-happens RSA Thursday Human intelligence is among the most powerful forces on earth. It builds sprawling cities, vast cornfields and coffee plantations, complex microchips; it takes us from the atom to the limits of the universe. Understanding how brains build intelligence is among the most fascinating challenges of modern science. How does the biological brain, a collection of billions of cells, enable us to do things no other species can do? Professor John Duncan FRS, a scientist who has spent thirty years studying the human brain, visits the RSA to elaborate on an adventure story - the story of the hunt for basic principles of human intelligence, behaviour and thought Using results drawn from classical studies of intelligence testing; from attempts to build computers that think; from studies of how minds change after brain damage; from modern discoveries of brain imaging; and from groundbreaking recent research, Duncan unravels one of the most enigmatic scientific mysteries of all.

December 08 2010


How Does Experience Influence the Brain?

Pioneering neurogenesis researcher and professor of psychology at Princeton University, Professor Elizabeth Gould comes to the RSA to discuss how experience literally shapes and alters the physical structure of the brain. The realisation that the surroundings and environments of mammals not only influence their emotional well-being, but also the neuronal constitution of their brains, is one of the most momentous discoveries of modern psychology and neuroscience. Gould’s research shows how stressful experiences in both early and adult life inhibit the survival of existing neurons and the creation of new ones, and has demonstrated that enriched environments and societies result in marked increases in neuron production. This breakthrough has profound and dramatic implications for social progress and understanding, and can add to our appreciation of the impact of poverty, social exclusion and stress on individuals and communities. Does increased social activity and interaction boost the creation of new neurons, and if so, how? How do these discoveries relate to memory and learning? What are the links between neurogenesis, brain plasticity and mental wellbeing?

September 29 2010


Storytelling: How narratives shape our reality, ideas and behaviour

Christian Salmon unveils the mechanics of a ‘storytelling machine’ which dominates the discourses of consumption, citizenship, and society at large.

Mindfulness: The key to a healthier society?

Could slowing down and noticing more help us deal with stress, anxiety and ill-health? Panel to include celebrated author Tim Parks.

The End of Discovery

Emeritus Professor of Physics Russell Stannard asks whether or not we are approaching the absolute limits of what we can know about ourselves and the world.

July 01 2010


Adventures in Numberland

Join author and journalist Alex Bellos for a surprising and entertaining look at the world of mathematics. By bringing together history, reportage and mathematical proofs, and covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, Alex Bellos reveals how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. Join Alex Bellos at the RSA to discover the beauty of mathematical patterns in nature, the peculiar predictability of random behaviour, how to win at the casino, the deep connections between maths, religion and philosophy, and why the best Scrabble players are mathematicians. Speaker:Alex Bellos, writer, broadcaster and author of Futebol, the Brazilian Way of Life (Bloomsbury, 2002) and Alex’s Adventures in Numberland (Bloomsbury, 2010). Chair:Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA. http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/adventures-in-numberland

Food Rules for Healthy People and Planet

For the past 20 years, Michael Pollan has been writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. "The Omnivore's Dilemma", about the ethics and ecology of eating, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. Join Michael Pollan at the RSA as he introduces his new book, "Food Rules" - and explores its key central message: "Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much." Using those seven words as his guide, Michael Pollan provides a set of memorable everyday rules for eating wisely, gathered from a wide variety of sources: among them, mothers, grandmothers, nutritionists, anthropologists and ancient cultures. Speaker: Michael Pollan, the award-winning author of "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma", contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/food-rules-for-healthy-people-and-planet
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