Speakers

An unrivalled line-up of speakers come together at HowTheLightGetsIn May 2021. From humanity-saving spearheaders, to pioneering, mystery-uncovering and million-dollar-prize-winning scientists, to internationally esteemed politicians and journalists, they are at the top of their fields.

Our exceptional speakers will grapple with the defining questions of our times. From Alive in the Universe, to The Madness of Therapy, to Fantasy and Reality and many, many, more this festival will be one to remember.

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Awarded a Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking research, Duflo focuses on microeconomic issues in poverty-stricken countries.

Žižek breathes new life into Marxism, Hegel, psychoanalysis, philosophy, politics, film and culture. A philosopher not to miss.

A former Muslim who became an atheist, Ali has since been an unflinching advocate for women's rights, and a powerful critic of misogyny in the Middle East.

Now a best-selling author, Bregman made headlines for calling out the super-rich for tax avoidance at the Davos Forum.

Now a household name through his best-selling books and frequent TV appearances, Greene is  renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory

A frequent collaborator with Žižek, Fiennes' films have covered everything from French Ballet to the ecentric model Grace Jones. 

FEATURING A HOST OF THE WORLD'S LEADING THINKERS

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Susie Orbach

Beloved psychotherapist
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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Revolutionary astrophysicist
Jesse Norman

Jesse Norman

UK Cabinet Minister
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Kate Bryan

Art historian
Patricia Churchland

Patricia Churchland

Founder of Neurophilosophy
Bret Weinstein

Bret Weinstein

Professor in exile
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Laura Mersini-Houghton

Multiverse theorist
Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake

Biologist and author
Tim Harford

Tim Harford

Undercover economist
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Linda Yueh

Economist and broadcaster
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Güneş Taylor

Crick Institute Geneticist
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Simon Baron-Cohen

Experimental psychologist
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Reza Negarestani

Philosopher and writer
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Claire Fox

Journalist and politician
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Kenneth Cukier

Economist editori
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Betty Sue Flowers

Ancient myths expert
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Havi Carel

Professor of Philosophy
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Toby Ord

Moral philosopher
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Nick Lane

Evolutionary biochemist
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Vince Cable

Former Lib Dem leader
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Lisa Feldman Barrett

Top cited scientist
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Paul Davies

Astrobiologist and writer
Avi Loeb

Avi Loeb

Harvard physicist
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Amanda Gefter

Science writer
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Craig Callender

Philosopher of time
Naomi Oreskes

Naomi Oreskes

World-renowned geologist
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Paul Farmer

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Rana Mitter

Oxford China expert
Mary Ann Sieghart

Mary Ann Sieghart

Journalist and presenter
Terence Kealey

Terence Kealey

Libertarian biochemist
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Ray Brassier

Nihilist philosopher