IntellectInterviews Posts

January 15, 2023

One of the most renowned astrophysicists of the 20th century, Martin Rees, shares his thoughts on black holes, quasars, Astrobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life, human space exploration and what the remaining, unsolved mysteries of the Universe are.

December 7, 2022

Every year, many lives are ruined by bullying. Maja Frankel is Secretary-General at Friends, an anti-bullying organization, that support schools with knowledge and tools to systematically increase safety and defeat bullying. She describes how big the problem of bullying is, what the research says and what the latest trends in the field are.

October 9, 2022

Jan Eliasson is one of the most experienced diplomats in the world, having served as Chairman of the UN General Assembly and the UN Deputy Secretary-General. He published his memoirs earlier this year and it is fascinating to take part of his learnings from a career marked by war and conflict but also with a never-ending hope for peace.

July 14, 2022

Sweden was one of the European countries who accepted the most immigrants during the refugee crisis in 2015. Mustafa Panshiri who then worked as a police officer, used his cultural knowledge and language skills from Afghanistan to help many of the young refugees to better understand the written and unwritten rules in Sweden. He now works full time with integration and is a highly regarded public speaker and author.

July 8, 2022

Would you be open to have a conversation with anyone, no matter how much you detest their opinions? Navid Modiri is a “conversational extremist” who invites a wide range of guests to his podcast, especially those he tends to disagree with. He speaks in this interview about genuine curiosity, the complexity in people and what he has learned from more than 200 podcast episodes.

June 22, 2022

Free speech is currently one of the most debated topics in many parts of the world. Should it be allowed to burn the Quran? Can speech be the same as violence? Are hate speech laws effective? Should we censor misinformation on Social Media? The questions are many and free speech expert Jacob Mchangama, the author of Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media, helps us to sort them out.

April 26, 2022

Sarah Haider went from being a devout Muslim girl in Pakistan to being one of the most well-known atheists in the world, as the co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America. She has seen with her own eyes how horrible many dissenters and apostates are treated by their religious community and she has devoted her career to make a change. She talks about the reality facing Ex-Muslims, the security threats against her personally, the problem with the word Islamophobia and what she hopes to achieve with her organization.

March 2, 2022

He is one of Sweden’s strongest voices when it comes to humanism, secularism and rational thinking. Christer Sturmark is the founder of the publishing house Fri Tanke, which operates in the spirit of the Enlightenment. He has for many years debated pseudoscientists and advocates of religious influence in politics. His new book is called To Light the Flame of Reason.

February 7, 2022

Eörs Szathmáry is an Hungarian theoretical evolutionary biologist who had his breakthrough with the book The Major Transitions of Evolution (1995), which he co-authored with the late John Maynard Smith. Szathmáry shares his thoughts on evolution, the origin of life, how to define life and living systems, the uniqueness of humans and the future of life on Earth and beyond.

October 25, 2021

After having received death threats for writing a philosophical paper on after-birth abortion, Francesca Minverva started thinking about creating a journal focusing only on controversial papers. Her thoughts have now become reality, since she co-founded the Journal of Controversial Ideas together with Peter Singer and Jeff McMahan. She is fighting for academic freedom and against the cancel culture in today’s society.