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Head-to-Head 2017 brings together world-leading philosophers and members of the public for a series of talks and discussions about some of the most interesting and challenging questions we face about the nature of our minds.

For more information visit our website.


Session One: 10:30-12:00
Making sense of our senses

Perception is our source of knowledge about the world. But when and how can we rely on our senses to put us in touch with things as they really are? In this session we'll look at colour perception and pain, and ask, how many senses do we have?

Chair: Dr. Alisa Mandrigin (University of Edinburgh)

Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Corns (University of Glasgow); Dr. Laura Gow (University of Cambridge); Dr. Louise Richardson (University of York)


Session Two: 13:30-15:00
Is Immoral Art Aesthetically Bad?
What is the relationship between morality and artworks? When an artwork is immoral, is it also aesthetically bad? And why is it that we struggle to imagine immoral things when an author of a work tells us to?

Chair: Dr. Ema Sullivan-Bissett (University of Birmingham)

Speakers: Dr. Eileen John (University of Warwick); Professor Peter Lamarque (University of York); Dr. Maarten Steenhagen (University of Cambridge)

Session Three: 15:30-17:00
Believing Badly
All of us are guilty of believing badly. We are prone to think better of ourselves and our loved ones than the evidence suggests, to underestimate the probability of bad things happening to us, and overestimate the probability of good things happening to us. How is it that we acquire and retain such bad beliefs, and even act on them so often? And are there benefits to believing badly?

Chair: Dr. Ema Sullivan-Bissett

Speakers: Dr. ​Anna Ichino (University of Antwerp); Dr. Kathy Puddifoot (University of Birmingham); Dr. Sam Wilkinson (University of Edinburgh)


FAQs

How many sessions can I attend?

You are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as you wish. Each session is ticketed individually. When booking tickets, please select each of the sessions you'd like to attend.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no minimum age requirement to enter the event, but we advise attendees not to bring small children.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For information about how to get to ThinkTank and for details about parking, please visit:

http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank/visit

Can I bring food and drink into the event?

Food and drink that has been brought to the event MUST NOT be consumed within the venue. Attendees who wish to bring food or drink with them are advised that they should eat outside. There is also a cafe within ThinkTank. We have scheduled 1.5 hours between the first and second sessions to ensure attendees have time to eat lunch.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions, please email Alisa Mandrigin at headtohead17@gmail.com.


What should I do if I realise I cannot attend or if I want to change my ticket?

Please email Alisa Mandrigin at headtohead17@gmail.com to cancel your ticket booking. If you decide you would like to attend a different session, please email to cancel, and then submit a new booking for the sessions you would like to attend.


This event is generously sponsored by the British Academy.

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