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In Search of Ecstasy

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The audience at a rock concert adoring the star; a Pentecostalist congregation praising God; an athlete reaching the pitch of performance known as "the zone" - these can all be described as feelings of "ecstasy". Jules Evans, from Queen Mary, University of London, examines rationalist arguments about elation being a form of madness and asks whether it is beneficial or dangerous to feel ecstatic.

Producer: Zahid Warley

First broadcast in November 2013.

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15 minutes

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Thu 28 Aug 2014 22:30

Free Thinking Festival 2014: The Limits of Knowledge

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Free Thinking Festival 2013

Sir Michael Marmot delivering the Free Thinking lecture

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