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Charles Foster brings together neuroscience, psychology, naturalism and memoir to describe how he lived as a badger for six weeks, sleeping in a dirt hole and eating earthworms; and spent hours in a back garden in East London, rooting in bins like an urban fox. "... funny and profound... could inspire all kinds of positive action to save our planet." The Guardian
Close your eyes and have a thought. Now what was it like to think that thought? What we usually call 'thinking' is often a kind of speaking by, and a listening to, the multiple voices of our consciousness. Psychologist and writer Charles Fernyhough will tell stories of everyone from children to people who hear voices and will reveal how our inner voices play a vital part in our thinking. Charles Fernyhough is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Durham University. His background is in developmental psychology, with a particular focus on social, emotional and cognitive development. His work has contributed to our understanding of how language and thought are related in child development and beyond and his most recent focus has been on applying mainstream developmental psychology to the study of psychosis. He is also a writer whose work has been published in several anthologies and have been translated into eleven languages. He has taught creative writing, with a particular focus on psychological processes in reading and writing.
Is there an algorithm to ensure success at poker? Can chaos theory give you the edge at the roulette table? Join mathematician Adam Kucharski at the how to: Academy to find out how science and mathematics are tipping the tables in gambling, and how the practice of betting has inspired dramatic changes in our understanding of probability, chance and human behaviour. Gamblers have been trying to figure out how to game the system since our ancestors first made wagers over dice fashioned from knucklebones. Now, in the 21st century, professional gamblers are using cutting-edge techniques to tilt the odds further in their favour. At the roulette wheel, card table or racecourse, science is giving us the competitive edge over opponents, casinos and bookmakers. But is there such a thing as a perfect bet? In this talk, Kucharski will look beyond probability and statistics to examine how wagers have inspired a plethora of new disciplines - spanning chaos theory, behavioural psychology, machine learning and game theory - which are not just revolutionising gambling, but changing our fundamental notions about chance, randomness and luck. Explaining why poker is the ultimate challenge for artificial intelligence, how methods originally developed for the US nuclear programme are helping pundits predict sports results and how a new breed of algorithms are managing to lose banks and asset traders millions, Adam Kucharski has the inside track on just about any wager you'd care to place.

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