Berwins Salon North : Inner Workings

  • Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30pm
  • The Crown Hotel, Harrogate
  • Tickets: £16

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Three expert speakers deliver TED-style talks designed to change your life for the better. Presenting big ideas, and answering key questions in life, Salon was voted as number six in the ‘Top 100 Things to do in the World’ by GQ magazine.

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Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths that find their way using the Earth’s magnetic field.

Award-winning author and adventurer David Barrie has navigated the seas using just a sextant. Now he turns to take us on a tour of the cutting-edge science of animal navigation, where breakthroughs are allowing scientists to unravel, for the first time, how animals as various as butterflies, birds, crustaceans, fish, reptiles and even people find their way.

Picture the UK in 5-10 years’ time – does your job still exist? In an internet-enhanced society, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century. Economist and researcher Daniel Susskind argues that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of their best is enjoyed only by a few. So how do we move forward?

In an era when machines become more capable than human beings at most tasks, Susskind assesses and questions the future of the professions in the digital age when your job can be done faster, more efficiently and more accurately by a computer – whether you like it or not.

From Harry Houdini to Derren Brown, humans have been captivated and entertained by magic and illusions for millennia. But what do we actually see what we watch a magician pull a rabbit from a hat, or read a person’s mind? And why do we enjoy being fooled by something that it beyond our powers of explanation?

Hey presto! Drawing on the latest psychological, neurological, and philosophical research, psychologist and magician Gustav Kuhn examines the psychological processes that underpin our experience of magic, revealing intriguing – and often unsettling – insights into the human mind in the process.

‘Immensely entertaining… Barrie is an admirably reliable and assiduous guide to what we do and don’t yet know.’ Sunday Times