Debates are the beating heart of HowTheLightGetsIn.

Watch Nobel Laureates and influential philosophers face off, and best-selling authors and fiery commentators lock horns, in unprecedented debates confronting the questions of our time.

In London we launch our new festival theme Navigating the Unknown. We'll chart a course through the universe, search for the meaning of life, and find peace in a period of conflict with the help of our era's most exciting minds!

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The Rise and fall of the grand narrative

The Rise and Fall of the Grand Narrative

Konstantin Kisin, David Aaronovitch & Jessica Frazier
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Quantum and the Unknown Universe

Slavoj Zizek, Roger Penrose, Sabine Hossenfelder
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Medicine, Magic and Misunderstanding

John Ioannidis, Sarah Hill & Jacob Stegenga
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The Freedom Fable

Trevor Phillips, Lisa Cameron, Ankhi Mukherjee
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Lies, Damned lies, and Economics

Nadhim Zahawi, Gary Stevenson
Girl Power HowTheLightGetsIn London 2024 Debate min

Girl Power

Clare Chambers, Konstantin Kisin & Susie Orbach
A Precarious Peace HowThelightGetsIn London 2024 Debate min

A Precarious Peace

Malcolm Rifkind, Tariq Ali
The consciousness test

The Consciousness Test

Yoshua Bengio, Sabine Hossenfelder
Caught in time

Caught in Time

Freya India, Timothy Morton & Marijam Didzgalvyte
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Navigating the Unknown

Jessica Frazier, Graham Priest, Hilary Lawson
The Search for Meaning

The Journey in Search of a Destination

A.C. Grayling
Divided self

The Divided Self

The Global Population Crisis

The Global Population Crisis

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A World of Order and Chaos

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Sartre vs Baldwin

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Language Wars

End of Evolution HTLGI L 24 Debat

The End of Evolution

Peril and progress

Peril and Progress