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A Dangerous Method, Jesse Prinz, John McGregor, Beards

Philip Dodd disusses David Cronenberg's new film A Dangerous Method, centring on the triangle of Freud, Jung and Sabina Spielrein.

Philip Dodd immerses himself in psychoanalysis on film this evening. He sees 'A Dangerous Method' a new film about the triangle of Freud, Jung and Sabina Spielrein. The film critic Jonathan Romney reviews and the psychoanalyst Susie Orbach joins him to discuss the world the film represents .

In his new book, Beyond Human Nature, Professor of Philosophy Jesse Prinz reignites the nature/nurture debate suggesting that genetics doesn't and cannot explain everything about us. He's joined by Guy Kahane, Deputy Director of Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University, and the scientist Lewis Wolpert to test and examine to what extent culture is the driving force behind what we think and feel.

John McGregor has written a book of short stories set in a threatened fenland landscape where the stories lurk just beneath the surface. Small lethal happenings shape personal lives while fighter planes exercise overhead. As the book says , 'This Isn't The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You.'

And what of hair, facial hair precisely and the way it has been used over many centuries to denote power, virility and intelligence? From Samson and Delilah to Milton, Adam Smyth describes the functions of the beard.

That's Night Waves with the hirsute Philip Dodd.

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Mon 6 Feb 2012 22:00

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