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Festival of Dangerous Ideas

3 Nov – 4 Nov 2018
12:00pm – 5:30pm
Cockatoo Island
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From sex robots and sex clowns, to being tied in a knot of lies or even rope, the ninth Festival of Dangerous Ideas today releases its line-up of speakers and artists, who will converge in Sydney from around the world to dissect the dangerous ideas informing our future.

The Festival takes over Cockatoo Island for two days where you can delve into discussions of internet sub-cultures, fascism, privacy, LSD, hard truths and the end of the world as we know it. Plus, there's a special event at Sydney Town Hall with the formidable Stephen Fry.

International speakers include conservative historian Niall Fergusonand his historian rival, author Pankaj Mishra. Ex-Westboro Church member Megan Phelps-Roper shares her shocking personal story. Writers Zeynup Tufecki and Seth Stephens-Davidowitz dissect the pros of big data. Former public defender and law professor Ayelet Waldman reveals the benefits of LSD microdosing. Local speakers include provocateur Germaine Greer, rock star of AI Toby Walsh, sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein, criminologist Xanthe Mallett and many, many more.

UNSW Centre for Ideas is proud to be co-presenting the Festival of Dangerous Ideas with The Ethics Centre. Creating a space for critical thinking in the public sphere is a logical step for a university with a focus on social engagement and debate about the grand challenges facing humanity.

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