Laurie Taylor talks to Barry Miles, a veteran of the era when students around the world really believed that all you needed was love to change the world. Miles founded the Indica Gallery where John Lennon met Yoko Ono, he saw the Albert Hall filled with Beat poets and wrote down his memories of the Sixties because Allen Ginsberg told him too.
They'll be joined by cultural commentator Professor George McKay to discuss why, like the Cheshire cat, counter-culture comes and goes but never quite disappears.
Laurie Talyor also talks to writer and lecturer Kenan Malik, who puts forward his view that contemporary scientific ideas on human nature reflect a deeper cultural and political pessimism which we give into at our peril. Human nature is an ambiguous term and attempts to understand it over the last half century and more have led to academic trench warfare.
Professor George McKay
Cultural Studies Dept
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 201201
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Verso Books (1996)
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Verso Books (1998)
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In the Sixties
Man, Beast and Zombie – What science can and cannot tell us about human nature
Weidenfeld & Nicholson
Paperback: Phoenix mass market, ISBN: 0753812959
Kenan Malik, Human Conditions, Prospect, 26/09/2002
The Blank Slate
Allen Lane The Penguin Press
Frans de Waal
The Ape and The Sushi Master
Penguin Books; ISBN: 0141003901
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