Dr. Susan Blackmore to speak at HowTheLightGetsIn 2011

‘I am delighted to recommend her’ – Richard Dawkins

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s first philosophy and music festival held annually in Hay-on-Wye, is back.

This year’s festival will have over 350 events, plus a spectacular array of live performances, comedy nights and film screenings. Leading thinkers in every field will mix with cutting edge musicians to excite the imagination and renew the spirit.

The theme of this year’s festival is New Gods: Icons and Ideas in a Changed World and through a series of powerful talks and fiery debates HowTheLightGetsIn will examine the big ideas that are set to shape the world in the coming years and decades.

On Sunday 5th June, Dr. Susan Blackmore will be joining HowTheLightGetsIn to debate drug culture: Do drugs encourage us to accept pluralistic realities and thus undermine our security in the world, or simply open the imagination? Are we heading for a mass exodus from reality or opening up our eyes? On the same day, she will also be presenting a talk ‘Genes, Memes and Temes’ which will explore the science of ideas, and what it might mean if technology were able to replicate ideas, ‘temes’, outside of human control.

Earlybird discounted tickets these events are running out fast, but you can pick the last few up here.

Other speakers this year include Leela Gandhi, Philip Pullman, Tim Crane, Bonnie Greer, Susan Greenfield, Johann Hari, Vince Cable, Colin Blakemore, Camille O’Sullivan, Emilia Fox and many more. The full programme is online and available now at www.howthelightgetsin.org/tickets