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The Lost Lectures

The Lost Lectures 1 & 2. The Beginning.

The very first series of Lost Lectures launched with a bang on January 18th and 19th 2012 in a top secret location under one of London’s main arteries, with great ideas flying here there and everywhere with an eclectic mix of wonderful speakers giving some stunning performances…rather than wax lyrical, we just let their presentations do the talking, as some scintillating content hit our box-fresh blog in the weeks that followed.

In the meantime a massive thanks to all those who followed the glowsticks and found us: it was an incredible couple of nights of cloudspotting, jelly brain eating, galaxy finding, sneeze logging, world changing, toaster building, YouTube hitting good times. And all from the comfort of our big comfy sofas and beanbags!

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Prof. Elaine Fox

Prof Elaine Fox is a world-leading experimental psychologist and expert in the science of optimism. She has researched widely on the science of emotions and always been fascinated by why some people see the glass as half full, while for others it’s the other way around. As well as a huge list of academic papers to her name, her book…

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Thomas Thwaites

Thomas Thwaites a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science and futures research, as well as communicating complex subjects in engaging ways.  He graduated from the Royal College of Art Design Interactions MA in 2009, and has since undertaken a number of interesting projects, including building a toaster… from scratch.  His journey took him across the planet,…

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Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society and author of the best selling Cloudspotter’s Guide, he’s also co-creator of The Idler (and its book of crap towns).  He’s responsible for – amongst other things – bringing absinthe back to the UK after an 8-year ban (bottoms up!) and recently won The Royal Society Best Science Book award for…

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David Barrie

David Barrie is a social entrepreneur, founder and principal partner of a social project production company and advisory organization that enables capital growth in cities and the improvement of people's lives. He’s also the creative brains behind The People’s Supermarket (a social supermarket run by the people for the people, winner of The Observer Ethical Award 2010). He's been involved…

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Dr Chris Lintott

Dr Chris Lintott is an astrophysicist working as a post-doctoral researcher at the dept of Physics at the University of Oxford. He is involved in a number of popular science projects aimed at bringing astronomy to a wider audience. Namely, he is also Head Zookeeper at The Galaxy Zoo Project (a crowd-sourcing global project that finds new Galaxies). He is…

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Régine Debatty

Régine is a is a blogger, curator and critic who writes about the intersection between art, science and social issues on her blog which just happens to be the UKs most influential art blog. She also contributes to several European design and art magazines and speaks internationally about how artists, hackers and interaction designers use and misuse technology spanning…

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Camille Johnson

Camille is a brilliant businesswoman and founder of Pink Ribbon Lingerie: a one-stop shop for lingerie, swimwear and clothing for women after breast cancer surgery.  Her business / social enterprise, aimed at raising awareness and funds for breast cancer, has won numerous business awards (Smarta 100) as well as receiving much press attention since its conception in 2009.

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James Ward

James is the founder of the Boring Conference, a day dedicated to the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked, a day that was deemed ‘too interesting’ by the BBC. To some, the answering questions on the best way to catalogue a tie collection or discern the taste discrepancies of milks from different supermarkets might seem slightly absurd or…

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Matt Brown

Matt is the editor of Londonist and quite possibly the most London-obsessed person in the world, reaching parts of the capital others can’t reach.  In the cause of exploring London, he’s waded along the buried River Fleet, spent the night in a haunted plague pit, caught a lung infection in Soho’s tallest steeple and walked the tube tracks at 2…

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Tom Williams & Matt Lacey

Tom and Matt are part of the brilliant comedy collective 'The Unexpected Items'. Matt wrote and performed a sketch called “Gap Yah” which a few (million) people watched on You Tube; he’s had multiple TV appearances and released a book off the back of the sketch: “Gap Yah Planet”.  Tom is another YouTube sensation (aka attention-seeker), having written “Newport State…