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David Petraeus

Former Director of the CIA
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Martha Fiennes

Award-winning filmmaker
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Slavoj Žižek

Maverick philosopher
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Paterson Joseph

Beloved actor and intellectual
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Lisa Randall

Trailblazing Harvard Physicist
Roger Penrose HowTheLIghtGetsIN Festival 2024

Roger Penrose

Nobel prize winning physicist
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Daniel Dennett

Renowned Philosopher of Consciousness
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Thangam Debbonaire

Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport
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Peter Singer

World renowned ethicist
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Rowan Williams

Former Archbishop of Canterbury
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Amy Chua

Outspoken legal writer and commentator
Joscha Bach HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

Joscha Bach

Cognitive AI neuroscientist
Winston Marshall HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Hay 2024

Winston Marshall

Musician turned renegade
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Yasmin Benoit

Award-winning activist
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John Bercow

Former speaker of the commons
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John Lennox

Internationally renowned mathematician
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Christina Lamb

Sunday Times chief foreign correspondent
Marika Taylor HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

Marika Taylor

Boundary-Pushing Physicist
Dan Anely

Dan Ariely

Irrationality Expert
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Avshalom Elitzur

Revolutionary space time physicist
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Donald Hoffman

Leading anti-reality theorist
Ilan Pappe HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Ilan Pappé

Outspoken critical Israeli historian
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Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
Jessica Defino HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Jessica DeFino

Beauty culture critic
Scott Aaronson HowTheLightGetsIn Festival 2024

Scott Aaronson

Top quantum complexity theorist
Chris Lintott HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Chris Lintott

Oxford astrophysicist and presenter
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Jenny Kleeman

Journalist and broadcaster
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Tommy Curry

Pioneering Philospher of Race
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Priya Natarajan

Award-winning theoretical astrophysicist

Stuart Hameroff

Quantum Consciousness Theorist
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Armen Sarkissien

Former president of Armenia
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Denis Noble

Leading Biologist
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Sophie Scott-Brown

Inspiring intellectual historian
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Eva Illouz

Groundbreaking sociologist of emotion
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Lynne Segal

Iconic socialist feminist
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Bernard Carr

Mathematical physicist and cosmologist
Ali Allawi HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Hay 2024

Ali Allawi

Veteran Iraqi politician and scholar
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Aaron Bastani

Leftist media disruptor
Myriam Francois HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 20204

Myriam François

Filmmaker and activist
Paul Bloom

Paul Bloom

Anti-Empathy Psychologist
Catherine Rowett HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Catherine Rowett

Distinguished politician and philosopher
Guy Standing HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Guy Standing

Pioneering labour economist
Hilary Lawson HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Hay 2024

Hilary Lawson

Radical post-post modern philosopher
Oli Dugmore HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

Oli Dugmore

Vocal Political Journalist
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Shini Somara

Celebrated science communicator
Tim Maudlin HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Tim Maudlin

World-leading philosopher of physics
Daljit Nagra HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Daljit Nagra

Award-winning poet and broadcaster
THeodore Dalrymple HowThelIGhtGetsIN Festival Hay 2024

Theodore Dalrymple

Acclaimed author and critic
Claudia de Rham HowThelIghtGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Claudia de Rham

Pioneering physicist
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Judith Donath

Pioneering social media expert
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Simon Baron-Cohen

Pioneering clinical psychologist
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Bronwen Maddox

CEO of Chatham House
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Ruth Padel

Poet and Novelist
Frances Ashcroft HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Frances Ashcroft

Pioneering geneticist
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Subrena E. Smith

Leading opponent of evolutionary psychology
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Jack Symes

Trailblazing emerging philosopher
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Güneş Taylor

Award-winning geneticist
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Nancy Sherman

Professor of Philosophy
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John Ralston Saul

World-renowned writer and anti-globalism activist
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Shannon Vallor

Prophetic AI ethicist
Rana Mitter HowTheLightGetsIn Haty 2024

Rana Mitter

Historian and political scientist
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Robin van den Akker

Leading Metamodernist Scholar
Isabel Hilton HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Isabel Hilton

Leading China expert
Aline Laurent Mayard HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Aline Laurent-Maynard

Acclaimed author, journalist and podcast host
Mary Ann Seigheart HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Mary Ann Sieghart

Stalwart public intellectual
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Steve Taylor

Psyhchologist and spirituality expert
Des Fitzgerald HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Hay 2024

Des Fitzgerald

New Generation sociologist
Joanna Kavenna HowtheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Joanna Kavenna

Acclaimed novelist
joao magueijo HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

João Magueijo

Radical physicist
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Johnjoe McFadden

Acedemic and author
Ben Ware HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Ben Ware

Leading Wittegensteinian and philosopher of extinction.
Professor Sir Simon Wessely HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Sir Simon Wessely

Renowned psychiatrist and epidemiologist
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Roger Hearing

BBC business presenter
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Frank Tallis

Psychotherapist and award-winning author
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Claire Provost

Discerning investigative journalist
Harry Cliff HowTheLightGetsIn Hay Festival 2024

Harry Cliff

Celebrated Physicist and Science Communicator
David Livingstone HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

David Livingstone Smith

Philosopher of Dehumanisation
Meghnad Desai HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 20241

Meghand Desai

Renowned Indian Economist
Tim Palmer HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

Tim Palmer

Celebrated Mathematic and Climate Physicist
Viky Pryce HowTheLightGetsIN Hay 2024

Vicky Pryce

Powerhouse economist
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Ruth Padel

Poet and Novelist
Dominic Walliman HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

Dominic walliman

Popular science educator
Abby Innes HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

Abby Innes

Cognitive AI neuroscientist
Barry C Smith

Barry C Smith

Leading philosopher of the senses
Kate Sullivan de Estrada HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

Kate Sullivan De Estrada

India and global order expert
Lyndsey Stonebridges HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2024

Lyndsey Stonebridge

Renowned writer and political thinker
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Hannah Rich

Historian and Activist

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