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04/10/2009

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55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 04 October 2009

THE FORUM - A World Of Ideas - presented this week by art historian TIM MARLOW.

In the programme: the interconnectedness of life on our earth, from the ancient past to the complexity of the global present.

British paleontologist SIMON CONWAY MORRIS suggests that the future of evolution may be more predictable than we think. He also believes that if extra-terrestrials exist, not only will they be as bright us but they may think like us too.

Polish philosopher and writer EVA HOFFMAN reflects on time and the way we experience it in our modern world. She warns we could be misusing what time we have with potentially damaging psychological consequences.

And founder of The Climate Parliament NICHOLAS DUNLOP outlines a radical new scheme of global political co-operation to save the planet – by creating regional 'supergrids' of renewable energy.

  • THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    Different types of time converge more speedily to create energy to light our planet, by Emily Kasriel

  • 60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    In our 60 Second Idea To Change The World NICHOLAS DUNLOP suggests politicians should wear the logos of the corporations that are funding them. Seeing this on camera would have two advantages – voters would have a much clearer idea who their representatives work for and it would also make parliaments much more interesting, bright and colourful to look at.

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  • IN STUDIO

    IN STUDIO

    From left to right: Nicholas Dunlop, Eva Hoffman and Simon Conway Morris

  • RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    Photos by Ursula Smyth

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  • IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME

    The Forum travels from London to Australia where Bridget Kendall will present a special show from the Sydney Opera House as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

  • PICTURES FROM THE SYDNEY FORUM RECORDING

    PICTURES FROM THE SYDNEY FORUM RECORDING

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