Blaauw lecture
Anna Scaife
Wednesday 11 October 2017

Magnetic fields are one of the most crucial components of the Universe. We know that magnetic fields are present everywhere. Large-scale fields intersperse the gas in our own Milky Way, and contribute significantly to the turbulent motion of gas between galaxies.

Blaauw Lecture 2017: Dark Force in the Invisible Universe - Anna Scaife

The Quest for Happiness
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Trudy Dehue
Tuesday 19 September 2017

For many years, happiness researchers reported that children in the Netherlands are among the happiest in the world. Like other countries with high happiness scores of their youth the Dutch took pride in these figures. However, as these children grow up this idyll seems to be ruined. Increasing numbers of young adults ask for mental health care or medication against depression, or look for alternative means to increase their wellbeing. How to respond to that?

The Quest for Happiness
Taming the wild horse?
Brian Ostafin
Monday 11 September 2017

The mindfulness movement seems to be everywhere. An accumulating body of evidence suggests widespread benefits of mindfulness ranging from attenuating anxiety and depressive symptoms to increasing creativity and even to diminishing racial biases. Is it possible that mindfulness can have such an extensive variety of effects? And if so, how? This talk will present a psychological model of mindfulness.

The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
Roman Krznaric
Friday 19 May 2017

The spirit of carpe diem has been hijacked by consumer culture. Cultural philosopher Roman Krznaric calls us to arms: the time has come to seize back the day. It is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history: carpe diem.

Jeff McMahan
Thursday 18 May 2017

Most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more permissive in a state of war? Killing a person is in general among the most seriously wrongful forms of action, yet most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more permissive in a state of war?

The Art of Traveling
Tomislav Perko
Wednesday 3 May 2017

Many people daydream about traveling the world, but all of them have the same excuse - lack of money. After a career as a stockbroker Tomislav Perko, broke because of the financial crisis, decided to hit the road and turned the world into his home. He uses alternative ways of traveling – hitchhiking, couchsurfing, working/volunteering, and manages to wander around the world with just a little bit of money in his pocket, meeting the most amazing people on the way.

Freedom Lecture
Frank Furedi
Monday 1 May 2017

What determines the impact of an act of terror is how society responds to it. The fear of terror can sometimes exact a greater cost to society than its impact. Too often an act of terror incite governments to curb our freedoms on the ground it is necessary to trade-off liberties for security. However the answer to ter­rorism is to not less but more freedom.

The End of an Economic Era
Ann Pettifor
Tuesday 4 April 2017

Money makes the world go around; but what is it really? And where does it come from? The rich know how to become richer, but do the poor have inevitably to suffer as a result. Leading political economist Ann Pettifor shows us how wrong we are about this most misunderstood invention in history. Money is never a neutral medium of exchange. Nor is finance just a mechanism that connects borrower and lender. How can we reclaim control of money from those who presume to be in control: the banks?

The End of an Economic Era
Bas van Bavel
Monday 27 March 2017

The general notion is that market economies are modern and promote economic growth and welfare. Economic historian Bas van Bavel uses historical research to show that market economies are not modern, but have existed at various times in the past. They rise, stagnate, and decline. They initially generate economic growth, but their dynamism leads to the rise of new market elites who accumulate land and capital.