Forum - A World of Ideas

The world's most remarkable minds tackle a big idea. Podcast weekly on Tuesdays.

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Character 8 June 2015
What does it mean to be good and how do you become a better person? Are you the noble hero of your own story – or flawed like the rest of us? And where does character come from? Are we shaped by our genes and our experiences or a combination of the two? On the Forum this week, Quentin Cooper and his guests, David Brooks,a columnist for The New York Times,the novelist Amitav Ghosh and Ilina Singh, Professor of Neuroscience and Society at the University of Oxford explore the tangled web that is 'character'.
Dátum: 2015-06-08 Idő: 09:57:00
Resurrections. 1 June 2015
Why we yearn to bring the past back to life, whether it is extinct animals, ancient languages or salvaging the wreckage of a legendary speedboat. Bridget Kendall asks the ancient DNA biologist Beth Shapiro, the Sanskrit expert Jyotsna Kalavar, and the engineer Bill Smith to share their thoughts.
Dátum: 2015-06-01 Idő: 09:00:00
Myth 25 May 2015
Suzy Klein explores Myth with leading fairytale expert Jack Zipes, philosopher Angie Hobbs and entomologist May Berenbaum.Why is myth important and what does it tell us about ourselves and our wider community?
Dátum: 2015-05-25 Idő: 09:00:00
Plasticity 18 May 2015
Shape-shifting in everyday objects, our brains and plastic waste. Bridget Kendall and guests consider plasticity from several viewpoints: Aurora Robson is an artist who works with plastic garbage, Sujata Kundu a nanochemist who analyses plasticity at the level of atoms and electrons, and Takao Hensch a neuroscientist investigating whether it's possible to recreate youth-like plasticity in an adult brain.
Dátum: 2015-05-18 Idő: 09:00:00
Cloud Education 11 May 2015
What is the future of learning? To discuss how new ideas and new technology might be used to improve education and learning, presenter Bridget Kendall talks to Professor Sugata Mitra, Sir Ken Robinson and Professor Scott Klemmer.
Dátum: 2015-05-11 Idő: 09:00:00
How long is 'Now'? 04 May 2015
How does our brain perceive time passing? Is there such a thing as a ‘now’, and if so, how long is it, exactly? And why do we sometimes feel that time has slowed down or even stopped altogether, for instance when listening to music or in extreme situations? Helping to explain the latest thinking and research about time are cognitive neuroscientist Virginie van Wassenhove; writer Shumon Basar, author of a new book about an ‘extreme present’; and Lawrence Zbikowski, Professor of Music at the University of Chicago.
Dátum: 2015-05-04 Idő: 08:01:00
Trade 27 April 2015
How well does the idea of free trade really work? Does it improve our economic welfare? With Bridget Kendall is the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz who voices his concerns about two new huge trading blocks planned to link the US to the Pacific Rim and Europe, the world trade expert Arancha Gonzalez on how to translate trade deals into reality, and the Colombian lawyer Oscar Guardiola-Rivera on the Latin American approach to trade.
Dátum: 2015-04-27 Idő: 00:01:00
Magnetism 21 Apr 2015
Magnets have a myriad everyday uses, from compasses to radios, and yet for millennia we have struggled to understand their strange properties. Shedding light on magnetism on the sub-atomic scale is new research by physicist Stephen Blundell, astrophysicist Katherine Freese explains magnetism on a cosmic scale, and advertising executive Richard Hytner attempts to uncover the secrets of ‘magnetic’ personalities.
Dátum: 2015-04-21 Idő: 09:00:00
Shame 14 Apr 2015
Shame is an age old notion and has many, often subtle, manifestations: disgrace,regret,dishonour. It can be a tool for social control, a way for people to explore reconciliation and a weapon of the disempowered against the powerful. So how best to use shame in a modern society, if at all? With Bridget Kendall is Daniel Fessler, an evolutionary anthropologist whose principal focus is contemporary humans, Jennifer Jacquet, an environmental social scientist interested in the evolution, function and future of social disapproval and Professor Anthony (A.C) Grayling, a British philosopher and Master of the New College of the Humanities in London, who thinks that shame can be useful as a social regulator but repressive when used against the individual.
Dátum: 2015-04-14 Idő: 09:00:00
Dependency 07 Apr 2015
Bridget Kendall explores how dependency on energy affects the values we live by, how obesity and dependence on eating is reducing how long we live and whether an ageing global population could be more independent than we think. With historian and archaeologist Ian Morris, obesity and diabetes specialist Katarina Kos, and Asia expert David Pilling.
Dátum: 2015-04-07 Idő: 13:15:00