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Why is Africa the cradle of humankind?
Tue29Nov7:30pm UTC
How did language begin?
Tue06Dec7:30pm UTC
What does music do to the brain?
Thu08Dec6:00pm UTC
Why is Africa the cradle of humankind?

Dr. Emily Zawacki

During a process that lasted millions of years, the movement of tectonic plates split our continents apart. This process is still going on to this date. But why does it happen and how did it create the perfect conditions for life on earth?

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 7:30 pm UTC

How can we unlock our brain's creative potential?

Prof. Anna Abraham

How can I be more creative? This is the question Professor Anna Abraham is most often asked and in this fireside conversation, she will be sharing the answer to this question, grounded in her research on creativity and the brain.

Thu, 1 Dec 2022 6:30 pm UTC

How did language begin?

Professor Simon Kirby

What makes human speech miraculous is the fact that no other creature in history that we know of has evolved the skill. The origin of language is evolution’s greatest mystery, but how did language begin?

Tue, 6 Dec 2022 7:30 pm UTC

What does music do to the brain?

Dr Diana Omigie

Cognitive neuroscience is pushing boundaries and is now able to pinpoint specific signatures of the brain, differentiating between nuanced emotions like how we experience awe and beauty - vastly complex feelings that, until now, have been out of reach.

Thu, 8 Dec 2022 6:00 pm UTC

Can rituals change the world?

Professor Dimitris Xygalatas

Do you ever pray, raise a glass to make a toast, attend weddings or birthday parties? Rituals come in many different forms and are practiced by all cultures around the world. But why are they so important to us?

Tue, 13 Dec 2022 7:30 pm UTC

Why do certain songs stick?

Dr Victoria Williamson

Yes, earworms are annoying, but have you ever stopped to think what they reveal about our brains? They are the price we pay for an astounding relationship our minds and bodies share with music that lasts our entire lives.

Thu, 15 Dec 2022 6:00 pm UTC

Why do we tell winter ghost stories?

Dr Lucy Arnold

It's well known that ghosts have long been associated with winter cold since ancient times​. The idea of something scary lurking beyond the light and laughter have inspired many chilling stories, but where does this custom or ritual come from?

Tue, 20 Dec 2022 7:30 pm UTC

Why do lights connect winter traditions across cultures?

Pardis Mahdavi

What images do you conjure up in your mind when you think of winter? What is it about wintertime that brings people, rituals and remembrance together?

Thu, 22 Dec 2022 7:30 pm UTC

Why do languages die?

Dr Diane Nelson

It's thought there are more than 7,000 languages spoken across the world. Although this number seems vast, every month one of the world's languages disappears forever. How and why so many languages are dying?

Thu, 5 Jan 2023 6:00 pm UTC

Are all human languages the same?

Professor Simon Kirby

If a Martian linguist were to study the languages of the world, what would they conclude about how many we had? What forces shape our language?

Thu, 12 Jan 2023 6:00 pm UTC

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