Speakers

HowTheLightGetsIn London 2021 will bring the world's leading thinkers together. In the room with our inquisitive and free-thinking audience, the discussions can begin. Join us live to see superstar philosophers, top scientists and up-and-coming politicians.

Our festival theme for London is ‘Dreams and Jeopardy’. As the world starts moving again, we’re faced once more with some of the world’s biggest questions, and are asking the world’s leading thinkers to help us solve them.

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Lee Smolin
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Lee Smolin

quantum gravity theorist
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Paul Mason

Commentator and Radio Personality
Sabine Hossenfelder
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Sabine Hossenfelder

Theoretical Physicist
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Grace Blakeley

Economics Commentator
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Massimo Pigliucci

Philosopher and Stoicism Advocate
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Lowkey

Rapper and activist
Rupert Sheldrake
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Rupert Sheldrake

Rebel Scientist
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Laura Mersini Houghton

World-Leading Theoretical Physicist
Paul Davies
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Paul Davies

World-Renowned Physicist
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Thangam Debbonaire

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
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David Aaronovitch

Award winning journalist
Vince Cable
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Vince Cable

Former Leader of the LibDems
Dallas Campbell
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Dallas Campbell

Celebrated Science Presenter
Minna Salami
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Minna Salami

Journalist, feminist and author
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John Milbank

Anglican Theologian
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Linda Yueh

Economist and broadcaster
Peter Tatchell
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Peter Tatchell

Leading Human Rights Activist
Stuart Semple
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Stuart Semple

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Natalie Bennett

Former Green Party Leader
Melanie Challenger
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Melanie Challenger

Nature and Environment Writer
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Anil Seth

neuroscientist and public science communicator
Polly Mackenzie
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Polly Mackenzie

Chief Executive of Demos
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Peter Lilley

Former Cabinet Minister
Joanna Kavenna
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Joanna Kavenna

Multi-Award-Winning Writer
Peter Mendelson
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Peter Mandelson

uk political heavyweight
tim palmer
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Tim Palmer

internationally renowned meteorologist
Patricia Churchland
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Patricia Churchland

Founder of Neurophilosophy
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JohnJoe McFadden

Scientist, professor and writer
Nina Power
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Nina Power

Peter Atkins
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Peter Atkins

Renowned Chemist
Eka Ipke
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Eka Ipke

Lecturer in Development Economics in Africa
Julian Baggini
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Julian Baggini

Philosopher and Writer
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Mary Ann Sieghart

Award-Winning Journalist
David Nutt
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David Nutt

Groundbreaking neuropsychopharmacologist
Sarah Garfinkel
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Sarah Garfinkel

Neuroscience Professor
Meg Rosoff
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Meg Rosoff

Critically Acclaimed Author
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Cindy Yu

The spectator's china reporter
Ella Whelan
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Ella Whelan

Political commentator
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Philip Ball

Esteemed Science Writer
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Elise Valmorbida

internationally acclaimed author
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Timothy Williamson

leader in logic and language
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Luke Robert Mason

Curator of Futures
galen strawson
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Galen Strawson

analytic philosopher
Isabel Hilton
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Isabel Hilton

Writer and Broadcaster
Rana mitter
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Rana Mitter

China Expert and Presenter
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Hannah Dawson

Historian of Ideas
Kenneth Cukier
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Kenneth Cukier

Acclaimed Science and Technology Writer
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Hilary Lawson

post-postmodern philosopher
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Mark Williams

Geologist and author
Liane Gabora
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Liane Gabora

Renowned Psychologist
Steffen Gielen
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Steffen Gielen

Quantum Physics Researcher
Maria Balaska
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Maria Balaska

Philosopher and writer
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Phil Collins

Tony Blair's Former Speech Writer
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Sharlene Teo

distinguished novelist and academic
Stefan Dercon
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Stefan Dercon

Professor of Economic Policy
Joanna Bryson
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Joanna Bryson

Artificial Intelligence Expert
James Tartaglia
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James Tartaglia

Philosopher and Musician
Barry C.Smith
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Barry C. Smith

Philosopher of the Senses
Olivia Fane
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Olivia Fane

psychiatric social worker turned writer
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Nick Zangwill

Philosopher of ethics and aesthetics
beverley taylor
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Beverly Taylor

influenza and vaccine expert
Philip Goff
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Philip Goff

Philosopher of Consciousness
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Julie Bindel

Radical Feminist
Stephen King
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Stephen King

Economic Adviser
Danielle Sands
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Danielle Sands

Comparative literature lecturer
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Güneş Taylor

Crick Institute Geneticist
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Justin E.H Smith

Professor of History and Philosophy of science
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Peter Sjöstedt-H

'the psychedelic nietzsche'
Anders Sandberg
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Anders Sandberg

Groundbreaking transhumanist
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Maya Oppenheim

Women's Correspondent for the Independent paper
Roger Highfield
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Roger Highfield

Science Director
Noortje marres
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Noorjte Marres

Interdisciplinary sociologist
Bjorn ekeberg
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Bjørn Ekeberg

Philosopher of Science
Michael Hrebeniak
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Michael Hrebeniak

Prolific Polymath
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Anna Waldstein

Ecological Anthropologist
Richard Lang
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Richard Lang

The man who claims he has no head
Sam Henry
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Sam Henry

Detector Development Scientist
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Cumrun Vafa

Renowned theoretical physicist