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Lucy Atkins

How to be Human: The Manual

Ruby Wax and Gelong Thubten Interviewed by Lucy Atkins

Saturday, 24 March 2018

10:00am

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

Comedian and writer Ruby Wax presents the only manual she says you will need to upgrade your mind as much as you upgrade your smart phone.

Wax wrote her book with help from a monk to explain how the mind works and from a neuroscientist to explain where everything that makes ‘us’ can be found in the brain. She asks why we are not more happy and how we can improve our lives by not continually wishing to upgrade to ‘something better’.

Wax has had a successful 25-year career as a comedian, television performer and writer. She also has a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from the University of Oxford and was awarded an OBE for services to mental health. Her previous books, Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, reached number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Here she talks to journalist and novelist Lucy Atkins, author of The Night Visitor, The Other Child and The Missing One and is joined by Tibetan Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten.

Sheldonian

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine