Consider this an introduction to London’s Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI TV). The IAI is “committed to fostering a progressive and vibrant intellectual culture in the UK” and beyond. So where’s the TV aspect come in? That’s the genuinely brilliant driver of the Institute—tune in at any time and watch world-leading theorists, scientists (such as Laura Mersini-Houghton, whose startling theories on black holes I wrote about here in September), politicians, and writers via the online channel engaged in cutting-edge philosophical debate. You are free to choose from a variety of topics discussed and debated at satisfying duration—no watery sound-bytes here.
Recent subjects have been the provability of string theory, the authenticity of mental illness diagnoses, and how declining interest in traditional religions hasn’t demonstrably affected most people’s basic morality. There are many more to choose from, branching into the arts, politics, and a lot of Elsewheres. IAI also curates HowTheLightGetsin—the world’s largest yearly philosophy and music festival, featuring talks, debates, exhibitions, performances (from musicians and stand-up comics) and parties. This year’s event drew over 35,000 attendees. I intend to cover IAI frequently, so must thank Ulrik Lyngs—researcher, event producer, man-of-many-hats—for raising my awareness.