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29/11/2009

Duration:
55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 November 2009

THE FORUM - A World Of Ideas - presented by this week by historian RANA MITTER

  • JULIAN SAVULESCU

    JULIAN SAVULESCU

    Bioethicist Julian Savulescu wants us to maximise our individual potentials by making full use of the biological and medical interventions now available; he argues it is the practical and moral thing to do.

  • ELIF SHAFAK

    ELIF SHAFAK

    Turkish novelist Elif Shafak tells us writing is an endless process of becoming, in the Islamic tradition of Sufism, central to her forthcoming book The Forty Rules of Love.

  • MICHAEL WELLAND

    MICHAEL WELLAND

    Geologist Michael Welland shows why sand gets into every nook and cranny of our imaginations; from creation myths to complex systems – the planet can be explained in a grain of silicon quartz.

  • 60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE  THE WORLD

    In our 60 Second Idea To Change The World, MICHAEL WELLAND believes the credibility and reliability of a website should be judged by its users. He suggests placing a discreet traffic light icon in a corner of every site’s home page – with red, orange and green buttons – for visitors to click to register their assessment of that site.

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  • THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    The moral imperative of the writer to enhance our bodies using the power of sand, by Emily Kasriel

  • RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    Photos by Ursula Smyth and Tim Jokl

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  • IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME

    Bridget Kendall is back in the presenter’s chair to hear a brief history of eternity, hints about ‘How Russia Really Works’ and why we’re actually rather good at mind-reading.

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    Forum - A World of Ideas

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

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    Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

    An imaginative, quirky solution to a challenge of our age. Podcast weekly on Saturdays.

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