The face of the moon was in shadow
The news is out! The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will be returning again in 2022, now with a new theme. But as the Emirates Literature Foundation prepares to announce our exciting line up of upcoming authors, why not look look back at some of the most exciting sessions from 2021. From ruminations on global events and politics, to explorations of how we can better relate to one another, and even deep dives into how learning science can be exciting and fun, there was truly something for everyone!
Why is everyone an idiot?
Did you ever look around you and think to yourself: Is everyone else an idiot? Well, this session is for you! Thomas Erikson, author of Surrounded by Idiots, along with Dr. Sharif Arafa, an author, cartoonist, and positive psychologist explore this question in depth. Erikson begins by diving into the question suggested by the title of his book, as he points out how ordinary it is for humans to assume that everyone around them is an idiot just because the other person might do something differently than you. Dr. Ashraf backs this up by talking about a few studies that prove that people often thinks they’re above average when it comes to comparing their own intelligence with that of others, and how that is statistically impossible. Erikson gives an interactive explanation on his colorful classification of human behavior that he proposes in his book – red, yellow, green, and blue and points out the characteristics of each one. Meanwhile, Dr. Ashraf brings culture, the evolution of the human race, scientific studies, and global issues into conversation to follow up with what Erikson proposes. This creates a fun, exciting, and harmonious conversation between them for the audience to enjoy and learn from.
Are Cats Liquid?
Amin Maalouf – Adrift
Rawan Badr is a graduate from the University of Sharjah, having majored in English literature and translation. She is a big fan of Classics and Philosophy and enjoys analyzing different literary texts, alongside learning the history behind different literary eras.