In the second Studium Generale of the new year, former Dutch ambassador Fons Stoelinga talked about India: its relationship with the West, how it sees itself and why India is overlooked by the West in comparison with China. Stoelinga had some interesting views on the ‘emergent superpower’.
‘I need a volunteer who pretends to be a bat,’ visiting professor of the University of Plymouth (UK) Susan Blackmore exclaims. One brave soul enters the stage in the Waaier and proceeds to flap his arms and stand upside down. The lecture ‘The illusions of consciousness’, part of the Week of Inspiration, has officially started.