Laurie Taylor finds out about the new generation of smart drugs which have swept out of the psychiatric wards and into everyday existence. They make you less angry, less worried, less anything socially undesirable.
Professor Nikolas Rose, about to take up the post of Head of Sociology at the London School of Economics, talks to Laurie about the work he’s been doing on the rôle these drugs may play in the future of society.
And, is our ability to innovate enough to secure an increasingly better future, Laurie asks of Charles Leadbeater, author of Up the Down Escalator: Why the Global Pessimists are Wrong (Penguin), and John Gray, author and Professor of European Thought, London School of Economics, whose new book Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals will be published by Granta in August.
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