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ThoughtLines – Learning for the Fun of It

A unique series of stimulating public presentations by university-associated experts offered throughout Australia.

Drawing on the treasure-trove of knowledge and expertise to be found in Australia's world-class universities, ThoughtLines offers a special opportunity for an engaging and entertaining learning experience via presentations –- tailored for the general public -- by outstanding scholars in a variety of fields, including science, history, politics, art, literature, economics, and philosophy.

Enjoy a day in the company of some of the nation's most renowned experts, -- hearing them talk -- and asking them questions – about such topics as how the universe was formed; artificial intelligence and the future of work ; the rise of China and what it means for Australia; ethical behavior in the 21st Century ; the very special dinosaurs of Australia; making sense of economics; what is consciousness; the challenges of the Anthropocene; and much more.

A ThoughtLines day of learning starts at 12.30pm and ends at 4.30pm and features three one-hour-long presentations, including Q&A. Time is allowed between sessions for refreshments, along with the opportunity to meet and mingle with the experts and your fellow learners.