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Reith Lectures 2010 - lecture two: Surviving the Century

Tuesday 8 June 2010, 09:20

Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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The second of this year's Reith Lectures, 'Surviving the Century', is now over. You can replay our live chat here in the this blog post. Do so while listening to the lecture itself. Many listeners joined in with the conversation about the lecture and its themes, here in the live chat, on Twitter (using the hashtag #Reith) and in email. Get the Reith lectures podcast here - you can download the lectures to listen to on your computer or MP3 player. It's free and you can keep them forever.

Now we'd like you to tell us what you thought of the lecture and its themes but also of the live chat itself - did it add anything to the experience for you? And if so, should we try this with other Radio 4 programmes - and which ones? Click 'comments' and leave yours. We'll be doing this again for the third lecture, next Tuesday 15 June at the same time (0900). In the meantime, we'll continue to scan the #Reith hashtag on Twitter and remember the Radio 4 Facebook page is also a good place for discussion of our programmes and web sites.

Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog

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    Comment number 1.

    Can science save the Earth?

    Save or destroy. Could go either way really.

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    Comment number 2.

    If we need to use science to save the earth and save life, we have done something very wrong.

    As humans, we are born with intuition. For so long, we have gone against it, for so long we have been making huge errors in an attempt to create the 'perfect' situation.

    We try to use our intelligence to make things better but our intelligence often fails us, as there is a massive difference between intelligence and intuition, i.e. doing what is right.

    Life is simple complicated by people. Look at a tree. It survives for century after century because it takes only what it needs.

    Man seems to want more. Always looking for something 'better'.

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    Comment number 3.

    Science can only help in the aftermath. The real problem is the number of people on this planet demanding resources - and the perpetual growth in that figure.

    Reduce the population - or, at least, reverse the growth for a significant period - and we won't need science to continually squeeze more output per hectare of land or more efficiency out of engines.

    The greater the imbalance between demand and availability, the more inhumane and violent the process of reblancing will be

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    Comment number 4.

    Very little work has been done on reuse. Imagine if instead of melting down scrap steel construction beams (which uses vast amounts of energy) you could simply remove the beams and reuse them. We need a lego society where as many components as possible in as many sectors as possible are designed to be reusable.
    This approach would save huge amounts of energy and materials.

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    Comment number 5.

    You can't slash funding for 'blue sky' science and then expect a beleaguered and impoverished scientific community to come up with the goods. All the 'talent' has deserted the sinking ship years ago because they want job security for than 2 years and to enjoy luxuries such as eating.

 

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