Future Debates: A robot stole my job: will automated technologies destroy British culture?

Future Debates are a series of events supported by the British Science Association. These events are part of our work to make science a fundamental part of British society and culture. We want to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over the applications and implications of science in their […]

Fabricating Fictions

A series of co-inquiries imagining the futures of space exploration and their speculated implications held over 2 weekends at SPACE. These sessions collaboratively create and speculate about future scenarios. They will depict the cultural, social and economic impacts that contemporary space exploration has on society by producing a series of audio recordings that are built […]

To Blame or Not to Blame: The Medical Profession and Blame Culture

Traditionally, medicine has been taught by imitation, apprenticeship and humiliation. Think Sir Lancelot Spratt. Whilst that has clearly improved, there persists, in many areas, a blame culture. Following regulatory changes and various hospital scandals there is much ‘holding to account’. The combination of tradition and punitive language has done little to foster a just culture, […]

Light and Dark Matters: Are we darkened by light?

Human history has been a quest to light the dark, but today most of humanity spends more time bathed in electronic light than our primary source: the sun. What different forms of light are we exposed to, and can we ever switch off? A panel of artists, scientists and architects examine our contemporary urban experiences of […]

Light and Dark Matters: Black Light with the drawing shed

What does society keep in the dark, and how can it be illuminated? Labern&Lloyd of the Drawing Shed, working here as The Light Collectors, collaborate with scientists hosted by The Institute of Physics. Together they invite you to engage in an afternoon of Black Light, with open conversation and research. Framed by an installation drawn from […]

Is innovation really benefitting society?

“We need a more open dialogue between engineers and politicians, and an education system that trains future generations to question.” Nino Mancino attended a talk by the late Tony Benn at Imperial College 10 years ago and reported in I, Science Issue 1.

Delusions of Gender

“In the darkness of the womb our brains are soaked in a cocktail of sex hormones.” Bentley Crudgington reviews a book on the complexities and science of gender.

Humans and Animals: The Tangled Web of Culture

Arutyun Arutynyan visits the Royal Institution for an exploration of culture; do Chimpanzees have culture? How is our culture affecting us? And where will it lead us?..

Man, Remade

Are we on the brink of a future society, or already living in one? Michael Cook looks at the relationship between human and machine. Back in 1998 Kevin Warwick, now Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, underwent an operation to have an RFID chip inserted into his own body, a small piece of […]

Speaking Different Languages

This post originally appeared on Refractive Index, Imperial College London’s Science Communication Group blog. It can be tough being a member of ‘the public’. Imagine for a moment that you are on your lunchbreak and, being the responsible British taxpayer that you are, you decide to have a quick look at how your really quite-significant […]

Original Sin: Selfish Genes?

Darwin’s Origin of Species was not the only landmark literature to be published in the late 19th century; it was framed by contrasting books considering the moral behaviour of man. One Self Help considered humans to be so flawed and innately immoral that the only way to achieve goodness was to remove all traces of […]