Professor of Fisheries and Biology at Penn State University, Victoria Braithwaite, has spent many years investigating an issue that is surprisingly little studied - do fish feel pain?Braithwaite: Do Fish Feel Pain?
Baghdad-born Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology at University of London, Sami Zubaida, argues that key social structures and institutions in Middle Eastern countries are now essentially secular and yet we continue to see them through the prism of the religious propaganda.Zubaida - Beyond Islam
Dr. Donald Favareau
Dr. Donald Favareau from Singapore University introduces us to biosemiotics, a new collaborative scientific project which asks probing questions about sign processes which are critical to all animal life. Biosemiotics also argues that, from a purely naturalistic and scientific standpoint, the world of living creatures is actually permeated with “meaning”, as opposed to the reductionist view that life is essentially “meaningless.”Favareau - Essential Readings in Biosemiotics
SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
This week’s 60 second idea is from biosemiotician Donald Favareau, who suggests that a mandatory annual six-month hibernation is just what this species needs to solve a multitude of ecological, personal and societal issues. Moreover, because people tend not to been politically offended by anything while they are asleep, complete social harmony and agreement will reign supreme…providing, of course, that no one wakes up prematurely.
IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME
In Next Week’s Programme: a festive edition of the Forum which looks at the the Roman precursor to Christmas with classicist Mary Beard, Egyptian Christianity with Egyptologist Robert Tignor, and the pleasures of Levantine ports with historian Philip Mansel.