Human, All Too Human

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Duration: 59 minutes

The 20th century was a time of unprecedented change and conflict. Violence and war spread across Europe and the world, and as new technology trumped old it became possible to harm others on a previously unimaginable scale.

In this turbulent age, a new breed of thinker emerged who would examine what drives humanity. And the advent of television gave psychologists and scientists the chance to preach their ideas to the world

This programme mines the BBC archive to hear the great minds of the 20th century in their own words - the likes of Sigmund Freud, Margaret Mead, BF Skinner, Benjamin Spock and Richard Dawkins. The film also reveals some unseen gems, such as unseen footage from Panorama of the psychologist Carl Jung discussing his torturous relationship with Professor Freud.

Featuring contributions from modern-day scientists such as evolutionary biologist Professor Armand Leroi, broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough and psychologist Oliver James, this is a unique opportunity to hear some of the most famous thinkers of our times.

  • BBC Two: Marriage Today: An Excellent Mystery?

    BBC Two: Marriage Today: An Excellent Mystery?

    Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson lead the way in this revealing documentary that looks into the future of marriage. Experts, including renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, give their views on how marriage is adapting to our changing society. Watch the full programme from the BBC Archive, first broadcast 14 October 1964.

    Watch Marriage Today: An Excellent Mystery? from the BBC Achive
  • BBC Radio 4: In Our Time: Carl Gustav Jung

    BBC Radio 4: In Our Time: Carl Gustav Jung

    Who was Jung? What is the essence and influence of his thought? And how did he become such a controversial and, for many, such a beguiling figure? Listen as Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the extraordinary mind of the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung.

    Listen to In Our Time: Carl Gustav Jung from BBC Radio 4
  • BBC Radio 4: In Our Time: Psychoanalysis and its legacy

    BBC Radio 4: In Our Time: Psychoanalysis and its legacy

    Listen as Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the relevance of psychoanalysis at the end of the 20th century.

    Listen to In Our Time: Psychoanalysis and its legacy from BBC Radio 4
  • Adam Curtis Blog: From pigeon to Superman and back again

    Adam Curtis Blog: From pigeon to Superman and back again

    Adam Curtis looks at the ideas of BF Skinner, including a film of Skinner using pigeons to demonstrate how you simply "reinforce" the behaviour you want with rewards. He explains how this 'operant conditioning' can be used in human society.

    Go to the Adam Curtis Blog post on BF Skinner
  • Dr Benjamin Spock

    Dr Benjamin Spock

    Dr Benjamin Spock, who wrote many books on the subject of Child development

  • Carl Gustav Jung

    Carl Gustav Jung

    Professor Jung was one of the world's greatest physicians, and a founding father of modern psychology

    BBC News: What would Carl Jung make of 2011?
  • Desmond Morris

    Desmond Morris

    Desmond Morris is a British zoologist and ethologist, as well as a popular anthropologist

    Social Issues Research Centre: Desmond Morris
  • Jane Goodall

    Jane Goodall

    Simon Groom and chimpanzee expert and conservationist Jane Goodall

    The Jane Goodall Institute

Credits

Producer
Jacqui Farnham
Producer
Jacqui Farnham
Director
Jacqui Farnham
Director
Jacqui Farnham
Executive Producer
Jonty Claypole
Executive Producer
Jonty Claypole

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