Renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto whose TED talk has had nearly 5m views presents a groundbreaking guide to understanding perception, which will transform the way we see, and unlock our ability to create, innovate and effect change. In the aftermath of 2016, many feel weighed down by uncertainty. But, what you may not know is that while the brain hates uncertainty, it also holds the key to adapting to, and even thriving in, uncertain times. In this talk based on his ground breaking new book DEVIATE: The Science of Seeing Differently, world-renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto will draw on over two decades of research to reveal startling truths about the brain and how it perceives the world and show how understanding the science behind our perceptions and our reactions to that understanding can allow us to literally change our brains and improve how we function in every aspect of life. PRAISE FOR DEVIATE ‘If someone else told me that reality is something we create in our heads – I’d up my medication. This brilliantly written book shows us that this is actually the road to liberation. We have the ability to change our internal landscapes. Making our lives a masterpiece rather than a ‘been there done that’ cliché.‘ – Ruby Wax OBE ‘‘ is a neuroscience book that, while explaining what we know about the brain’s functioning, explores the deeply personal issue of perception. Beau Lotto’s insights constitute a real breakthrough in our understanding of how we perceive (and react to, and imagine ourselves within) reality. And his capacity to make complex scientific concepts and research results easy to understand, and to explain their relevance to our life, makes this an utterly readable book.‘ – Bruno Giussani, European director of TED and curator of TEDGlobal Read more.
In this talk Dean Buonomano, a leading neuroscientist and professor at UCLA, “who does for the neuroscience of time what Stephen Hawking did for the physics of time” – Craig Callender, professor of philosophy, University of California, will investigate the relationship between the brain and time: What is time? Why does time seem to speed up or slow down? Is our sense that time flows an illusion? Dean will also present his own influential theory of how the brain tells time, and in the process illuminate such concepts as free will, consciousness, spacetime and relativity from the perspective of a neuroscientist. Drawing on physics, evolutionary biology and philosophy, he will show that the brain’s ultimate purpose may be to predict the future—and thus that your brain is a time machine. Read more.
How to… Stand Up. Always wanted to try stand-up comedy but too scared to give it a go? Looking for the ultimate confidence boost? Have a go at stand-up in a relaxed, no-pressure environment. Learn the tricks of the trade which can be applied in any public speaking situation. And unlock your natural funniness. (We all have some. No, really, we do.) A fun, joyful workshop taught by comedian and writer, Viv Groskop, winner of Maestro Improv 2012 and Funny Women Finalist 2012. Until a few years ago Viv had never done stand-up so she knows exactly what it’s like to be terrified – and overcome that feeling. Her book, I Laughed, I Cried about doing 100 gigs in 100 nights (“heroic” – The Times) is all about sticking two fingers up to the things in life you’re scared of. And that’s the true spirit of stand-up. Viv has performed alongside Michael McIntyre, Sandi Toksvig, Lucy Porter and Jenny Eclair and her 2013 Edinburgh show got a five-star review. “Viv is brilliant” – Jo Brand. Who is this for? Anyone who wants to have a go at stand-up with no pressure in a relaxed, happy environment – learn the basics of joke writing and find out what’s funny about you personally – learn some tricks of the trade from stand-up comedy which can be applied in work situations – people who want to put a flavour of stand-up comedy into their public speaking- if you can do a minute of stand-up, you can do anything. (This is not suitable for people who know that they actually want to become stand-up comedians) Read more.
with Bonita Norris, Dave Goulson, Geoff Dyer and Stephen Alford.
Today’s most original travel writers come together to explore how travel raises in acute form the most fundamental questions. Bonita Norris, ‘the girl who climbed Everest’, will describe one woman’s journey to the world’s toughest places and the lessons she learnt along the way: that you can turn fear into courage, and that it’s in these fearful elsewheres that our inner landscapes are rearranged. Dave Goulson has followed and been led by bees, from Salisbury Plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, the roving biologist finds environmental resilience but also umistakable signs of crisis. Stephen Alford is a time traveller, retracing the footsteps of Tudor London on its journey from gloomy and introverted medieval city to dynamic global metropolis, trading with and colonising parts of the world previously unknown – with unsuspected lessons for the present. This is where we came from, but where are we going? Geoff Dyer asks why on earth we travel, and why in certain places (as Gertrude Stein said) ‘there is no there there’, as he ruminates – from New Mexico to French Polynesia – on the strange meanings we assign to the destinations of our pilgrimages. Travel writing plays fast and loose with boundaries: mixing here with there, ideas with things seen, expectation and disappointment, vistas and dead ends, rules and improvisation. Join us for an evening of tall tales and the exploration of a genre. In association with Globalista. Read more.
The sharpest wit in broadcasting, Graham Norton joins fellow presenter Alice Levine for a conversation exploring his life, work and critically acclaimed debut novel, Holding, a richly textured detective story set in the remote Irish village of Duneen. For the past decade, Graham Norton has reigned over Friday night television with his eponymous show bringing us unforgettable moments of insight and entertainment. It’s an achievement beyond the reach of many, but just one of several for Norton (who’s also a DJ, actor and agony aunt). He is usually the one steering the discussion, so with Alice at the helm, it will be entertaining to see how he fares once the tables are turned. Join us for an evening of intelligent fun and boundless charm. Read more.
As wedding season approaches, join Ada Calhoun for a funny (but not flippant), smart (but not smug) evening on marriage. Anyone who is married (or contemplating it) knows that in our most cherished institution, over the years there will be fights, there will be angst, and there may even be affairs; sometimes you’ll look at the person you love and feel nothing but rage. And still, with frank insight from experts, clergy and friends, Ada Calhoun demonstrates that we can put aside expectations of total marital bliss and arrive at an optimistic portrait of what marriage is really like. Inspired by a wildly popular New York Times essay, this talk will help and inform anyone interested in entering into, or improving a marriage. Read more.
Since biblical times gardens have been horizontal, until Patrick Blanc starting greening the walls and courtyards of cities around the world. The inventor of the vertical garden, he is also the world’s leading expert. Blanc has created dozens of his botanical tapestries in public and private spaces: lush miniature forests of perennial plants, mosses, ferns and flowers, the key to whose success is the diversity of species used. The vertical garden is a new green vision for the interaction between cities, plants and people. As Frank Lloyd Wright said: ‘architects cannot bury their mistakes, but they can grow things over them’. Vertical gardening goes a step further, and has in turn given new stimulus to contemporary architecture both public and domestic. Originally inspired by the observation of plants in rainforest canopies or living on rocks around waterfalls, vertical gardening emulates natural ‘gardens’ on cliffs and mountain slopes that are fed by sunshine, wind energy, ambient moisture, dew and rain. The benefits include reduced pollution and flooding from rainwater run-off, additional insulation for buildings, and increased habitat for wildlife – as well as the vivid beauty of these living walls and their daily contribution to our concrete environment. Vertical space is empty and often free. For the urban gardener the vertical garden is practical, long lasting and even portable (Blanc has moved his own garden to three different addresses in Paris over a 28-year period). He will reveal with his unique authority the possibilities for greening our walls and courtyards, will explain the art of soil-less planting, and will show us how it is done. Read more.
with Isabel Behncke, Cristián Samper, Ian McEwan, Ricardo Rozzi
A 56 hour navigation along the Subantarctic seas on board the Stella Australis, visiting important geographical, scientific and anthropological milestones, including Pía Glacier, Wulaia Cove, Cape Horn, Puerto Williams and its Cape Horn Subantarctic Research Center. Science and technology experts will lecture attendees and Chilean public officials will describe the country’s effort to establish this territory as a natural laboratory for the world’s scientific community. The Magellan and Subantartic Region, contains one of the most important marine ecosystems in the world. Together with shaping the understanding of evolution, it plays a crucial role in mitigating greenhouse effects, absorbing large amounts of CO2 through phytoplankton, and its sea currents and closeness to Antarctica have an impact on world temperature SCHEDULE DAY ONE Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 10:00 / Departing flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas 14:00-16:00 / Lunch at Punta Arenas Sotito’s Restaurant 17:30 / Boarding the Stella Maris Ship 19:00 / Ship leaves for Pía Glacier 19:30 / Welcome remarks and drinks 20:30 / Dinner DAY TWO Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 08:00 to 09:00 / Breakfast 10:00 / Lecture 1 11:00/ Lecture 2 13:00 / Lunch 15:30 / Disembarkment at Pía Glacier 17:30 / Departure for Cape Horn 19:30 / Lecture 3 and drinks 20:30 / Dinner DAY THREE Monday, December 4th, 2017 06:00 / Arrival to Cape Horn 07:00 to 09:30 / Disembark at Cape Horn 09:30 to 10:30 / Breakfast 11:00/ Departure for Wulaia Cove 13:00/ Lunch 15:30/ Lecture 4 17:00/ Disembark at Wulaia Cove 19:00 / Back on board 20:30 / Dinner DAY FOUR Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 03:00 / Arrival at Puerto Williams 07:30 / Breakfast 09:00 / Disembark 10:00 / Excursion to Omora Ethnobotanical Park & Lecture 5 on the site 14:00 / Lunch on board 18:00 / Cape Horn – Sub-Antarctic Center Inauguration by Chilean President Mrs. Michelle Bachelet And Argentinian President Mr. Mauricio Macri (both TBC) 20:00 / Patagonian lamb & vegetables Barbecue 22:00 / Back on Board DAY FIVE Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 07:30 Breakfast 09:00 Disembark at Puerto Williams 10:00 Departure flights to Punta Arenas / Santiago & international connections. EXPEDITION FEE £7250 single occupancy. £9000 double occupancy. Reservation fee for single occupancy £1500.- Reservation fee for double occupancy – £1800 *Final deadline for total payment, July 31th Included: Local airfare and ground transportation, sailing that includes 4 nights, all meals and drinks, lectures, visits to the places previously described. *Not included international airfare, hotel in Santiago, travel or life insurance. TERMS & CONDITIONS The expedition requires a minimum of participants by July 31th to proceed If the program requires to be cancelled by RAD Foundation, participants will receive a full refund of monies paid. No refunds will be made for any part of this program on which participants choose not to participate after the expedition confirmation. Without limitation, RAD Foundation is not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage to person or property, delay or inconvenience in connection with the provision of any goods or services, any kind of illness, or other cause beyond the direct control of RAD Foundation. Read more.