The Adam Smith Institute presents 'Forum'
At the Adam Smith Institute, we advocate for ideas that will make the world a freer, better, richer place. We aim to be radical and reasonable – pushing for bold reforms but backing it up with cold, hard evidence.
In that spirit, we've decided to host the first (of what we hope will be many) Forum. We're bringing together leading economists, philosophers, scientists and even an architect for a day of talks on the underappreciated, underrecognised ideas they believe help explain and improve the world around us.
To give you a taste – we've got Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist defending messiness, evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman attacking disgust, psychologist Stuart Ritchie explaining why IQ matters, and our own Executive Director Sam Bowman arguing why we should all be neoliberals.
We're keeping the talks short (most won't go on for longer than 15 minutes) so we can squeeze as many great ideas as possible into the day.
Tim Harford (The Undercover Economist, BBC More or Less) on 'The Value of Messiness'
Patrik Schumacher (Director, Zaha Hadid Artchitects) on 'Governing private cities'
Dr Stuart Ritchie (Post-doctoral fellow, Dept of Cognitive Ageing, University of Edinburgh) on 'Why IQ Matters'
Dr Diana Fleischman (Senior Lecturer, Dept of Psychology, University of Portsmouth) on 'Why disgust is a useless emotion'
Prof Janet Radcliffe Richards (Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Oxford) on 'Why we should allow organ sales'
Prof Mark Post (Professor of Physiology, Maastrict University) on 'Making a lab grown burger'
Dr Madsen Pirie (President, Adam Smith Institute) on 'Trial and Error'
Steve Moore (Volte Face) on 'How markets are winning the drug war'
Nicholas Boys Smith (Create Streets) on 'How to build beautiful cities'
Pedro Serodio (Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick) on 'Why Economic Models are not complete bullshit'
Stian Westlake (Executive Director, Nesta) on 'The problem with intangible investment'
Tom Holland (Historian) on 'What gay marriage owes to St Paul and the papacy'
Prof John Harris (Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics, University of Manchester) on 'Why gene-editing must not be stopped'
In the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre at King's College London.
Nearest Tube is Temple.
9.30am to 6pm, Saturday December 3rd
Registration for Forum will begin at 8.45am in the Main Reception of King's College London's Strand Campus Building. We are aiming to have everyone seated in the Edmond J. Safra Theatre at 9.15am for our first talk of the day.
To speed things up, it'd be great if everyone could bring either a print-out of their ticket or have it ready and open on their phone. Once, we've seen that we'll hand over a beautiful Adam Smith Institute lanyard and a programme.
Tea, Coffee and Lunch
Throughout the day there will be two tea and coffee breaks as well as a longer lunch break. They'll all be served in KCL's Terraces Cafeteria. It's a short walk from the lecture theatre and there'll be a friendly face or three from the ASI guiding you there.
Q & As
At the end of each session we'll be running a Q & A session with three to five speakers on stage at a time. In order to get as many questions in as possible and to avoid the usual long-winded speeches disguised as questions, we're going to run the Q & A through Twitter. Simply tweet your question along with the #ASIForum.
We'll also have free access to Wi-Fi through The Cloud. Simply open a new browser window and follow the instructions to log on.
Forum's final talk will finish at 5.30pm. Once we've finished we'll be heading over to The Devereux Pub, which is just a 6 minute walk away. Allegedly, they stay open till 9am the next day. We hope everyone can join us for a drink or two and a chance to chat with some of the day's speakers.
At this point we can't offer any more refunds, but if anyone can no longer make it, please let us know as soon as possible as we have a rather large waiting list of people who'd like to go.
Last, but not least, here's the running order for the day:
8.45am - Registration
9.15am - Introduction from Sam Bowman
9.20am - Madsen Pirie - Trial and Error and The Idea of Progress
9.40am - Dr Stuart Ritchie - Why IQ Matters
10.00am - Dr Mark Vries - Making Lab Grown Burgers
10.20am - Dr Diana Fleischman - Why Disgust is Useless
10.40am - Q & A session
11.00am - Break for Tea and Coffee
11.20am - Steve Moore - How Markets are Winning the War on Drugs
11.40am - Nicholas Boys-Smith - How to Build Beautiful Cities
12.00pm - Patrik Schumacher - Governing Private Cities
12.20pm - Q & A Session
12.35pm - Lunch
13.20pm - Ben Southwood - Why Markets Beat Discrimination
13.40pm - Stian Westlake - How Capital’s Vanishing Act Explains Everything
14.00pm - Dr. Pedro Serodio - Economic Models are not Complete Bullshit
14.20pm - Tim Harford - In Defense of Messy
14.50pm - Q & A
15.10pm - Break for Tea and Coffee
15.30pm - Michael Story - How to Predict the Future
15.50pm - Eric Kaufman - Extremes
16.10pm - Tom Holland - What Gay Marriage owes to St Paul and the Papacy
16.30pm - Prof. John Harris - Why Gene-Editing Must Not Be Stopped
16.50pm - Q & A
17.10pm - Closing Speech: Sam Bowman - Why We Are Neoliberals
17.30pm - Forum's over - time to go to the pub.
We want to reach as many students and young people as possible, so we're offering discounted tickets for under-30s. Of course, if you're over 30, we'd still love for you to come along provided you pay a little extra and help subsidise some of our younger attendees. And as King's College London's Libertarian Society were so helpful in getting this organised we've decided to give all KCL students a 50% discount on top of our under-30's discount.
If you do take advantage of a discounted rate you may be asked to prove your identity at the door so please do bring along ID on the day!