The brain runs on conflict like a fractious democracy. American neuroscientist David Eagleman explains why the competition among the units that make up our neural circuitry is key to understanding how the brain works.
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Gerard ‘ T Hooft
The unfinished business of quantum mechanics. Why do the very tiniest particles behave the way they do, and the conflicting theories that try to explain their strange behaviour. Dutch theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Gerard ‘ T Hooft gives us his controversial take on the subject.
Russian novelist Mikhail Shishkin argues that reading is just reading in the West, but in Russia, literature has always been a way of saving one’s dignity. He also brings us up to date with the changes for the writer in modern day Russia.
The Forum Studio
Bridget Kendall, Gerard T'Hooft and Mikhail Shishkin in the Forum studio in Bush House, London.
SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Ban instruction manuals
Theoretical physicist Gerard ‘T Hooft wants to ban instruction manuals. He suggests that gadgets and devices should be built in such a way that how to use them is self evident. He would like to see companies fined if they fail to do this.
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Why faking it and wearing a mask can be the key to success in the world of commerce, from workers in call centres to the double dealing embedded in business.