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THINK ABOUT IT
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Ian Peacock dons his thinking cap to re-think how we think
Mondays 23 June to 7 July 2003 11.00-11.30am

Oscar Wilde said it’s bad for your health. Shaw said most of us do it only two or three times a year. Descartes said without it we don’t exist. Thinking. In Think About It, we’ll be thinking about thinking. Put your thinking cap on (at a rakish angle) and follow me as I discover that thinking starts before birth. Visit an American Academy for brainy babies. Get inside the head of Tony Benn. Improve your thinking powers with Terry Pratchett…and Richard Whiteley. Draw a map of your innermost thoughts. And rethink your thinking.
Ian Peacock

The Thinker by Rodin and Ian Peacock
The Thinker by Rodin and Ian Peacock

Programme 1 – Early Thinkers

Ian Peacock goes on a quest to discover how our children learn to think, and if we can help them along the way. Do babies think and if so, what are they thinking about? Baby yoga, baby sign language and even teaching your 6 month old to read are all the rage. But are these the things a baby should be thinking about or is it just an example of pushy parenting. New research suggests that even in the womb babies are doing some form of “thinking”, so perhaps playing Mozart or reading Nietzche to them works after all. Ian goes on a quest to help a new mother discover just what she can do to turn the apple of her eye into a mini Einstein, or is it already too late?
Ian's 'Mind Map'
Ian's 'Mind Map'

Programme 2 – The programme with no name

Ian puts some great modern day thinkers to the test in a mission to come up with a title for his programme. He talks to a Chess Grand Master about strategic thinking, brainstorms with an advertising creative team, mind maps with a brain guru and even meditates with a Buddhist in a bid to come up with the title to end all titles.

Along the way he discovers how different people think, and whether you can teach someone a new thinking style. Can a mathematician perform the impossible task of helping Ian do a sum? Can you teach a scientist to think laterally? Or is the answer to thinking through a problem to not think at all?
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Programme 3 – Lifelong Thinking

In the final part of this series, Ian Peacock investigates what he can do to keep the brain cells ticking as he gets older. Is it a case of “use it or lose it”? He visits the set of Countdown to find out why so many pensioners tune in everyday and whether their interest in conundrums is actually helping keep their minds fit and active. Are Crosswords and scrabble the key to a long life of thinking? As well as other well known older thinkers, Tony Benn thinks through thinking with Ian and ponders how his thinking has changed over time.
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