Once again we are packing our suitcases and travelling to Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset to present The RSA Hour. This year we are joined by Dr Ben Ambridge who asks what makes us smarter and Dr Kevin Fong who explores our obsesssion with space travel.
Once again we are packing our suitcases and travelling to Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset to present The RSA Hour.
If you are going to Camp Bestival this year come and join us.
Saturday 2 August at 10am.
What is intelligence? Where does it come from, and why does it even matter? How much do you know and understand about what makes you tick? And how good are you at predicting other people’s behavior…or even your own?
What's the link between intelligence and curly fries? Are atheists cleverer than religious people? What about men vs women, or right- vs left handers? Does listening to heavy metal or Mozart make you smarter? What do different shapes taste like? Are you stupider than a monkey?
All of these questions and more will be answered in psychologist Dr Ben Ambridge's innovative interactive investigation of intelligence. You'd be stupid to miss it.
Sunday 3 August at 1pm.
Of the men who once walked on the Moon, only a handful now remain. The space shuttle, the most remarkable space craft ever built, is gone. Our ambitions appear to be failing almost as fast as the Government funds available for space exploration.
Variously described as 'TV's face of science' and the 'Brian Cox of medicine', self-confessed space junkie Dr. Kevin Fong asks - have we come to the end of our fascination with the frontier of space? What social and scientific value did our curiosity about space really add, back here on Earth? Perhaps in the future we will look back upon the endeavour of human space flight as we do the building of the pyramids: as an achievement of incredible scale that will stand across all time; but one which consumed too much in the way of valuable resource to be allowed to continue. Or perhaps we will look back and see this as the era during which we took our first stumbling steps on the way out into an adventure in a Universe without walls and ambition unlimited.
Right now even as the private sector - the likes of Space X, Orbital Sciences and Virgin Galactic - jostle for attention next to the older Government funded programmes; even as fleets of new and exotic space craft get ready to launch into skies so blue that they eventually become black, nobody knows for sure.