Two brilliant minds with equally sharp and philosophical eyes, historian and futurist Yuval Noah Harari, and psychologist Mark Solms, will appear together for a special conversation about consciousness and collectivism and the deep need to return to our ancient roots, as well as what positive visions they have for the future.
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and bestselling author, who is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. He is the author of the popular science bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. His books have been translated into 65 languages, including Bahasa Indonesia, with 40 million copies sold worldwide. His new book series for children, ‘Unstoppable Us’ is released this October. Harari’s social impact company ‘Sapienship’ crafts projects in the fields of entertainment and education. Sapienship’s main goal is to focus the public conversation on the most important global challenges facing the world today.
Professor Mark Solms is the Director of Neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town. He is also an Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at St. Bartholomew’s & Royal London Hospital School of Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the American and South African Psychoanalytic Associations. He has received numerous honours and awards, including the Sigourney Prize. He has published 350 scientific papers and eight books, the latest being The Hidden Spring (Norton, 2021). He is the authorized editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 volumes) and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 volumes).
Gita Wirjawan is an Indonesian entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a 2022-23 visiting scholar at Stanford University. His public service has included positions as Indonesia’s minister of trade, chairman of its Investment Coordinating Board, and chair of a 159-nation WTO ministerial conference in 2012 that focused on easing global trade barriers. He led his country’s national badminton association in 2012-16 when Indonesia won 3 gold medals at the World Championships, four titles at the All England Championships, and one gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He hosts a podcast and talk show, Endgame, which features in-depth, long-form conversations with thought leaders, trailblazers, and opinion-makers from Indonesia and the region.
With in-deep discussions posing big questions and debates, join us between 27 – 30 October 2022 here in Ubud, or enjoy a literary long weekend of your bookish dreams.
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