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    1. Can evolution explain acts of kindness, and morality? We arranged a debate between a sceptical Tom Stoppard and the evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson. Stuart Jeffries acted as referee When Tom Stoppard was writing T he Hard Problem , his play about the conundrum of human consciousness , one of the scientists he consulted was American evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson . The play ...

    2. Tom Stoppard?s career-launching absurdist tragicomedy gets a witty, slacker-ish treatment at the Folger.

    3. The Hard Problem explores the mystery of how consciousness arises from matter – but sticks too closely to ideas to show how we really experience the world There is a lovely exchange in Tom Stoppard’s play about consciousness, The Hard Problem , when an atheist has been sneering at his girlfriend for praying. It is, he says, an utterly meaningless activity. Right, she says, then do one thing for...

    4. Play has its problems, but even misfiring Stoppard is better than most other plays.

    5. Stoppard?s early theatrical prank has a slacker air at the Folger.

    6. This is a very minor play in the oeuvre of acclaimed British playwright Tom Stoppard, though it is directed with great slickness by Nicholas Hytner

    7. Accepting the PEN American Center’s version of a Lifetime Achievement Award, writer Tom Stoppard ( Shakespeare In Love , Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead ) voiced support on Tuesday night for another of the $1,250-a-plate gala’s honorees, the surviving staff of the Paris-based satirical newspaper…

    8. Event which sparked a writers’ boycott and caused bitter divisions in the literary world goes ahead, with playwright Tom Stoppard causing for conciliation Some of the most successful writers of the US and UK celebrated a controversial award to Charlie Hebdo with unabashed fervor on Tuesday night, even as some of their most famous peers boycotted the black-tie event at New York’s museum of ...

    9. When I said: “could you relate cultural evolution to biological evolution”, that’s where I think there’s a fudge or a missing rung. I don’t understand what you mean, because your starting point is that there is no you and me outside our brains.”

    10. Glenn Close to present award to Tom Stoppard next month

      Chambersburg Public OpinionApr 26 03:58 PM

      NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close will help honor playwright Tom Stoppard at next month's PEN Literary Awards Gala, the PEN American Center announced Thursday.

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