Forum - A World of Ideas

Forum - A World of Ideas

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

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  • Natural Navigation 18th Oct 14

    Sat, 18 Oct 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    What explains the miracle of bird migration? How is a tiny songbird able to know where to head for when it makes its migratory journey. And how does this compare with the way humans are able to find their way through a landscape. Bridget Kendall explores Natural Navigation with Tim Birkhead, Tristan Gooley and Jennifer Groh.

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  • Uncertainty 11 Oct 2014

    Sat, 11 Oct 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    Are you certain about anything? Do you need to be? To what extent can we live with uncertainty in a complex world when asked to make decisions at a personal and global level. Bridget Kendall explores uncertainty with Professor of mathematics Jordan Ellenberg who says that maths cannot provide cast iron certainty,Zambian-born author Namwali Serpell who says that there's a relationship between the modern novel's capacity to unsettle and perplex us and its ethical value and philosopher Rupert Read who says that we don't need evidential certainty to act if we are in grave danger.

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  • Self Assembly 04 Oct 2014

    Sat, 4 Oct 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    Welcome to a world where the sum is more powerful than its parts, the world of self assembly. Basic units -molecules, human cells, insects or robots - can generate complex structures from simple beginnings – often without any outside help. Bridget Kendall explores this exciting area of research with robotics engineer Roderich Gross, chemical engineer and physicist Sharon Glotzer and experimental biologist Jamie Davies.

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  • Aliens 27 Sep 2014

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    Why do some people believe in extra-terrestrials, and not others? And what lies behind stories of alien abduction and invasion - can alien species or outsiders sometimes be a force for good? Bridget Kendall asks ecologist Chris Thomas, science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor, and psychologist Richard McNally to pool thoughts about what aliens mean to us.

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