LSD: Forbidden Medicine | Ayelet WaldmanFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Former law professor Ayelet Waldman saved her marriage and her life by taking LSD. Now she's fighting for microdosing’s wider use. Waldman shares her story and issues a call-to-commonsense at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The session is chaired by Natasha Mitchell.
Rehearsal for Fascism | Pankaj Mishra, Angela Nagle & Tim SoutphommasaneFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Around the world, we are seeing the rise of nationalism, racism and authoritarian regimes. Will democracy survive the century? Or has freedom has become too heavy a burden to bear in our uncertain world? Pankaj Mishra, Angela Nagle and Tim Soutphommasane discuss the future of our political societies at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The panel is chaired by Fauziah Ibrahim.
Post Populism | Niall FergusonFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Populist tribes around the world have increasing political sway. Can this movement sustain itself? What comes next? Award-winning author and conservative historian Niall Ferguson presents a keynote at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The session is chaired by Ann Mossop.
Sex Robots Have No Taboos | Rob Brooks, Dr Nikki Goldstein & Xanthe MallettFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Does the arrival of sex robots mean the end of intimacy or the next sex revolution? Will humanoid dolls regulate sexual perversity or provoke greater harm? Rob Brooks, Dr Nikki Goldstein and Xanthe Mallett give their independent take on the issue at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The panel is chaired by Natasha Mitchell.
Fight the Fear | Short talksFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
What we don’t understand often looks dangerous. But if we're going to be able to cope with inevitable and accelerating change, we need to go beyond technophobia and moral panic. Haris Aziz, Khandis Blake, Lee Rollins and Martina Stenzel present a series of short talks at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island, covering specialist topics from nanoparticles to genome manipulation. The session is hosted by Rob Brooks.
Everybody Lies (Except the Internet) | Seth Stephens-DavidowitzFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Big data reveals the sad truth that we all lie, almost all of the time. Except, that is, when we're online. Why do we treat the internet like a confessional box? What secrets do our searches contain? 'Data whisperer' Seth Stephens-Davidowitz reveals the vulnerabilities and insecurities, the patterns and potential, and the ugly prejudices that our Google searches disclose. This keynote talk was presented at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018. It is chaired by Ann Mossop.
Age of Anger | Pankaj MishraFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Anarchy, resentment and an urge to smash the system are spreading. What caused this age of anger? How can we understand it? And what kind of transformative thinking will help us find our way out of it? Author and academic Pankaj Mishra presents a keynote at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The session is chaired by Simon Longstaff.
Privacy is Selfish | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz & Zeynep TufekciFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Insights from big data can cure diseases, control epidemics, end congestion in our cities and aid the just distribution of natural resources. If withholding access to personal data undermines these social goods, does that make privacy selfish? Zeynep Tufekci and Seth Stephens-Davidowitz hash it out at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018 on Cockatoo Island. The panel is chaired by Marc Fennell.
Kill All Normies | Angela NagleFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
In the internet culture wars, the ascendant alt-right confronts a complacent left obsessed with identity politics. Has the worst of the internet become reality? Author and writer Angela Nagle presents a keynote at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The talk is chaired by Kym Middleton.
Cancer on Democracy | John Hewson, Rebecca Huntley & Dee MadiganFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Australian politics is in a maelstrom, fake news has taken root and increasingly, democracy is looking decidedly unwell. Does this have anything to do with our highly concentrated media ownership and vigorous partisan players? What are the costs of a polarised, opinion-driven media and the 24-hour news cycle? Dee Madigan, John Hewson and Rebecca Huntley discuss at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The panel is chaired by Darren Goodsir.
Choose China | Zhao Hai, Linda Jakobson & Adam NiFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
As China’s rise continues and the US retreats, do our strategic interests lie in a positive alignment with our region’s traditional power? Could an alliance between Australia and China be founded on shared interests – despite underlying cultural and political differences? Zhao Hai, Linda Jakobson, Adam Ni put these questions to debate at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The panel was chaired by Jason Yat-sen Li.
Our Attention Has Been Stolen | Zeynep TufekciFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Addictive technology is on the march – from poker machines to smartphones. And it is stealing something even more valuable – our attention – in order to sell it to the highest bidder. Is it too late to get it back? Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci presents a keynote at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The talk is chaired by Ann Mossop.
Too Dangerous | Germaine Greer, Megan Phelps-Roper & Ayelet WaldmanFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Controversial feminist Germaine Greer, LSD advocate Ayelet Waldman and ex-Westboro Baptist Church member Megan Phelps-Roper discuss the ethics of free speech in the age of growing intolerance. Their talk was recorded on Cockatoo Island at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The panel was chaired by Hamish Macdonald.
The End of the World (As We Know It) | Toby WalshFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
AI will bring about a seismic shift in politics, equality, work and the psyche of mankind. How brave is our new world going to be? Australian AI expert Toby Walsh presents a keynote at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. The talk was chaired by Lyria Bennett Moses.
The Hitch | Stephen FryFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Stephen Fry conjures the lost art of fabulous disagreement at a special Sydney Town Hall event. Presented as part of the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the keynote talk was given in honour of the first ever FODI speaker and Fry's late friend, Christopher Hitchens. The event was welcomed by Uncle Allen Madden.
What If We're Wrong? | Chuck KlostermanFestival of Dangerous Ideas add
Author, writer and pop culture expert Chuck Klosterman presents a keynote talk at the 2018 Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Cockatoo Island. If retrospect teaches us how clueless humankind has been over most of its history, he asks, how can we be so sure about anything in the present? The session is chaired by Marc Fennell.