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Pending Puzzles series: Do we want to live forever? 

Thursday 27th October, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, Pavilion Room

  • Would you like a chance to meet other college members in a stimulating but informal setting?
  • Are you interested in interdisciplinary engagement?

If so, join us for a new academic series, ‘Pending Puzzles’ being organised and led by MCR Academic Officer, Veronica Hera.

These events aim to spark interdisciplinary engagement and help build a close-knit community at Hughes by providing students and senior members with a chance to connect and consider interesting questions from different angles.

This first debate will take place on Thursday 27th October, 6.00 – 8.00 pm, where you will have the chance to hear a panel of senior fellows as well as postdoctoral fellows and PhD students discuss their views on the question: Do we want to live forever?

Afterwards there will be a chance to informally carry on the discussion, as well as meet other college members, over a pizza supper.

Given the high turnout we expect for this event, and so that we can cater accordingly, we highly recommend signing up using the Evenbrite link below (click here) 

Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Stephen Cave
  • Dr Fay Gilder
  • Dr Angkang T. Huang

About the speakers

  • Dr Stephen Cave is Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, and Fellow of Hughes Hall, all at the University of Cambridge. His 2012 book ‘Immortality’ (New Scientist book of the year), touched on the question we’ll be discussing in this event. He also recently finished a second book, called ‘Should we choose to live foreever?’ which will come out as part of Routledge’s new ‘Little Debates about Big Questions’ series next spring.
  • Dr Fay Gilder is the Medical Director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust Harlow, appointed in November 2020. Prior to this, she was a consultant anaesthetist and clinical leader at Cambridge Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from 2003. She is a highly experienced consultant anaesthetist and a recognised expert in the assessment and optimisation of the frail older person for surgery.
  • Dr Angkana T. Huang, aka Hat, leverages her multidisciplinary experiences (industrial design, computer science, and biology) to understand factors that shape transmission of infectious pathogens. She studies how changes in population demography including births and deaths and societal interactions impact the ecology and evolution of pathogens.

We look forward to welcoming you!