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Caspar Henderson & Francesco Dimitri 'Wonder'

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Join us on Saturday 20th July as we welcome Caspar Henderson, author of 'A New Map of Wonders', and Francesco Dimitri, author of 'That Sense of Wonder' for a conversation exploring the nature of wonder. The talk will be drawing on philosophy, natural history, religion and science to explain the delights of wonder, the wonders to come and how we can reclaim our sense of wonder to become happier and more fulfilled.

A New Map of Wonders

'A New Map of Wonders' charts a course through the realm of the fascinating and awe-inspiring.

With the curiosity and enthusiasm of a great explorer, the award-winning Caspar Henderson celebrates and explains the wonder of light and the origins of the universe, the myriad marvels of the human body and the natural world -- and reveals the wonders to come: the technologies that will transform human experience and change what we will find wonderful.

Drawing on philosophy and natural history, art and religion, neuroscience and nanotechnology, 'A New Map of Wonders' is a celebration of life -- a rich and inspiring guide, encouraging us to see the world anew.

Caspar Henderson is a writer and journalist. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, New Scientist, the New York Review of Books, and other publications. From 2002 to 2005 he was a senior editor at OpenDemocracy. He received the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors in 2009 and the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award in 2010. He is the author of 'The Book of Barely Imagined Beings', a bestiary for the 21st Century, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.



That Sense of Wonder

‘Philosophy begins in wonder,’ said Plato. Descartes agreed that ‘wonder is the first of all emotions’. Wonder is the impulse behind all scientific and philosophical endeavour, art and spirituality. It is the most fruitful human sense: fuelling our creativity; firing our curiosity; inspiring us to hope and to dream.
But our sense of wonder – that feeling we had as children seeing the Milky Way for the first time – gets used up. Faced with mortgage and money, we trade a sense of wonder for a sense of reality. And with the world getting ever more complex, reality too often brings anxiety and unhappiness.

Francesco Dimitri argues that this is because we have lost touch with our sixth sense – that of wonder. By exploring the nature of wonder in many areas of human experience – in religion and spirituality; in myth and folk tales, in modern science and technology – he sets out to show how we can reclaim our sense of wonder – not to become children again, but to become happier and more fulfilled adults.

Francesco Dimitri is the author of 'To Read Aloud', published by Head of Zeus in 2017 and novel 'The Book of Hidden Things' published by Titan Books, alongside writing in many different forms. He is on the faculty of the School of Life. Francesco has worked with some of the largest Italian and European firms to increase their levels of emotional intelligence and insight. He developed a wonder-based approach to creative thinking and engagement.



This is a free event, but please do register if you plan on attending. Please note, the talk may be taking place in our Philosophy Department which is only accessible via stairs. Seats are allocated on a first come first seated basis, to ensure you have a seat please arrive early, standing room only will be available once all seats have been taken. For all enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.


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