WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange will (virtually) join superstar physicist Dr Brian Greene on Think Inc's 2017 Australian tour.
Think Inc is designed to "reinvigorate the thrill of rational discourse" in daily conversation, where audiences are invited to discuss "smart answers to big questions" alongside the heavyweights, with past speakers including the likes of Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr Cornel West, and Dr Michio Kaku.
The first event in the lineup will be in February, with the eco-warrior who sued the U.S. government, teen climate change activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.
Second on the bill is Julian Assange, coming to Oz via video link Assange will be discussing everything from his incarceration, to political revelations, to the necessity of journalistic freedom.
Then of course there is physicist Dr Brian Greene — a Think Inc regular now, returning for the second year in a row with a whole new show promising more insights, more cheeky comebacks and more big answers.
We had a great chat with Dr Greene on our Static Podcast:
Author, secular activist, and survivor Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be delivering her controversial yet crucial perspectives on religious fundamentalism and (in)tolerance in 2017. The truth often lies between two extremes, Ali says, and our current extremes are overt "radical" right-wing and "illiberal" left-wing political agendas.
Futurist, philosopher, filmmaker, and the "Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age" Jason Silva is joining the tour in June 2017. Jason will be bringing the best of philosophy and science. "Sit back. Relax. Keep your brains in your skull," he says.
Then finally, calling out pseudoscience, is a team up between Australian Skeptics and Think Inc — the first ever Skepticon Australia.
There's an annual pass ($299) available so you can check out all the events as they happen — it will give you VIP access to all of Think Inc.'s upcoming events until December 1 2017.