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Hemant Mehta – Activist, Patheos.com

December 1, 2014 at 10:17 am

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Hemant Mehta discusses religion in schools and colleges, and how he seeks to build and maintain dialogues with religious groups.

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Charles Hugh Smith – Author, Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy

November 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

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Charles Hugh Smith discusses the changing work landscape and notions of symbolic capital and symbolic liabilities; the shared assumptions that can support or undermine society.

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Nick Davies – Author, Hack Attack

October 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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Nick Davies talks about the systematic use of phone hacking and police bribery that his investigations over six years uncovered, and describes how they symbolize the manner in which power exerts itself at the highest levels of society.

Ellen Brown – Founder, Public Banking Institute

September 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Ellen Brown discusses the value of public banks and the challenges of pushing state legislation to license them.

Peter Atkins – Professor of Chemistry, Oxford University

August 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

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Professor Atkins discusses the origins of the laws of physics, presenting the idea that indolence and anarchy may be the foundations of everything.

Maajid Nawaz – Founder Quilliam Foundation

August 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

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Maajid Nawaz talks about the imposition of dogma, his vision of a post-national Middle East and his work to build support for grass roots democracy in Pakistan.

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AC Grayling – Philosopher, St Anne’s College, Oxford

August 4, 2014 at 11:40 pm

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Professor Grayling discusses the merits of individualism and the humanist attitude.

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Andrew Copson – Chief Executive, British Humanist Association

August 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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Ahead of the World Humanist Congress, Andrew Copson talks polemic apologetics; fetishising faith; and the dangers of religious schools.

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Will Storr – The Heretics

July 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm

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Author and journalist Will Storr talks about certainty and doubt; how our minds can ignore facts we do not want to hear.

Cullen Hoback – Director of Terms and Conditions May Apply

July 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

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Cullen Hoback talks about privacy and ownership of personal information; and the manner in which new technology imposes moral orthodoxy on the public.