Forum - A World of Ideas

Forum - A World of Ideas

Ideas from the world's biggest thinkers. Hear philosophers, scientists, politicians, novelists, historians and artists challenge each other. Podcast weekly on Saturdays.

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  • Uncharted. 12 April 2014

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    How many places are there on Earth which are still off the map? Can you chart – or at least capture - the clouds in the sky? And when the first ‘complete’ atlas of continents and islands appeared at the end of the 19th Century, what did it mean for native peoples, empires and the boundaries of our imagination? Some of the questions Samira Ahmed explores in the company of historian Rosalind Williams, social geographer Alastair Bonnett and artist Berndnaut Smilde.

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  • Counterfeiting 05 Apr 2014

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    19 days remaining

    Fakes, forgeries and copies: what's the difference? And why don't more people complain when their medicine doesn't work? Bridget Kendall is joined by art expert and dealer Philip Hook, art historian Winnie Wong and anti-counterfeit drugs entrepreneur Bright Simons.

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  • Spontaneity. 29 March 2014

    Sat, 29 Mar 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    Can you train to be spontaneous? Ancient Chinese sages thought you could, reminds us Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. Psychologist Daniel Goleman says that while you can’t command people to have a spontaneous thought, you may be able to train your mind to harness spontaneous thinking better. And Mary Robertson, Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry at University College London brings her insights from treating Tourette’s Syndrome.

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  • Social Mobility 22 March 2014

    Sat, 22 Mar 14

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    41 mins

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    Are we too complacent about the speed and scale of social mobility? In this week’s Forum, Jo Fidgen hears some startling new research on how painfully slow social mobility really is, even in enlightened regions such as Scandinavia. Economic historian Gregory Clark has been finding out what your surname says about your chances of self-improvement. Sociologist Alan Bairner has been examining social mobility through sport: who gets to play at the top level, and what does that do to their social status? And economist Thomas Piketty has been analysing reams of data to find out why it’s nearly always paid more to invest family money than to work.

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