The new millennium does not, strictly speaking, begin until 1 January 2001. But it’s clear that in the public’s view the change in the calendar from 1999 to 2000 is the big psychological event. So here we present some thoughts from various perspectives on why many people see the year 2000 as so significant …
Francesca Happé gave the Spearman Medal Lecture at the Society’s London Conference in December 1998. She argued that we can discover more about autism through examples of task success than of failure — and that it involves a distinct cognitive style, rather than deficit.
John Sloboda gave the Presidents’ Award Lecture at the Society’s Annual Conference in Belfast, April 1999. He argued that millions of people could discover the joys of music making if we created modern equivalents of the village brass band and stopped focusing on the need to be best.
Tommy MacKay recorded what may have been the last interview with Boris Semeonoff; on the first anniversary of his death, we publish part of that interview here.