I am writing on behalf of the organising team of this year`s TEDxCambridgeUniversity events. TEDx events are local gatherings where live TED-like talks and performances are shared with the community. Currently, we are organising our second Salon which will focus on what it means to step ‘Into the Periphery’. We will explore what has historically been overlooked or sidelined.
We would very much appreciate if you could promote it in this week`s bulletin, as we believe it is a tremendous opportunity for students to be exposed to new ideas and concepts.
The event will take place on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at the Cambridge Brew House. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.10pm start.
The tickets are available here: https://fixr.co/event/152260101. They will be £10, including entry to the event and a spread of light refreshments. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.
Below you can find our entire line-up:
Professors Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins
Professor Nicola Clayton FRS is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Professor Clive Wilkins is an artist and writer. He is Artist in Residence at the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge and a Member of the Magic Circle.
“Professor Clayton’s studies of members of the crow family have shattered assumptions about the cognitive abilities of non-human animals. Professor Clive Wilkins is an artist and writer, also form the University of Cambridge. Together they explore what cognitive illusions reveal about the psychology of our minds. Using magic tricks and research they will illuminate aspects from Theory of Mind, our ability to think about what others might be thinking, and will share research on why memory has evolved the way it has.”
Dr Henry Shevlin
Dr Henry Shevlin is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the Consciousness and Intelligence project.
“From the abused simulants of Blade Runner to the neglected child-robot ‘David’ in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, science-fiction is replete with the figure of the maltreated machine. But could an artificial system ever come to possess genuine moral status, and how would we know? In this talk, I argue that this issue – while superficially esoteric – deserves serious consideration from philosophers and researchers, and I examine various pathways that could lead us to identify an artificial being as possessing some moral status.”
Barry Griffiths an ex-homeless individual, ex-civil servant and now communications officer at Jimmy’s Cambridge since 2013. He is an avid reader, armchair sports enthusiast and a fan of life.
“My talk is entitled ‘What’s in a Name – On the edge of society’. In his talk, he hopes to raise the issues of those individuals marginalised on the edges of society. They are often grouped into categories (e.g. ‘homeless’) rather than afforded societal norms, such as their name.”
Hugh Warwick is an author and ecologist with a particular interest in hedgehogs.
“In the periphery of our appreciation of the natural world are the small, the ignored and the benign. In the forefront are the charismatic mega-fauna. But it is to the small, ignored and benign that we need to look if we are to have any hope of transforming our relationship with nature and spark the revolution that is necessary to create dramatic change. And of these neglected animals it is the hedgehog to which I turn – an animal that has suffered catastrophic population decline but which also holds the seeds of our salvation. So make a hole in the barrier that keeps the hedgehogs out, and then, when the chance arrives, get nose-to-nose and look into the eyes of this amazing animal and see if you too will find what you ‘like’ turning into something that you ‘love’. We will not fight to save what we do not love.”
Thank you very much for your help