Battle of Ideas 2008 1 & 2 November, Royal College of Art, London
The Battle of Ideas 2008 was a two-day festival of high-level, thought-provoking debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Art.
, professor of neuroscience at the universities of Oxford and Warwick; chair, Neuroscience Research Partnership, Singapore; chair, general advisory committee on science, Food Standards Agency
, leading criminal and human rights barrister; regular columnist, The Times
; editor, Criminal Bar Quarterly
Frank Field, MP
, Labour MP for Birkenhead; co-chair, Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration; author, Neighbours from Hell: The Politics of Behaviour
, sociologist and social commentator; author, What's Happened to the University?
, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, On Tolerance
and Authority: a sociological history
, professor of English, University of Chicago; author Affective Communities: anticolonial thought, fin-de-siècle radicalism, and the politics of friendship
; founding co-editor, Postcolonial Studies
, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
, author, The Age of American Unreason
; programme director, Centre for Inquiry - NYC; fellow, Centre for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library.
, chief foreign commentator, The Times
; author In Defence of America
, writer and broadcaster; author, The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics
and From Fatwa to Jihad
"For one weekend in the year, in the centre of London, it's as if ideas matter, it's as if the world really can be made a better place through the free and energetic exercise of reason."
Austen Ivereigh, Catholic commentator