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Science and Sensibility

Gregory Tate, from the University of Surrey, asks what the novels of Jane Austen teach us about psychology and the power struggle between rational thought and unconscious emotion.

Today many scientists are engaged in exploring the interaction between logical and intuitive aspects of the mind. Gregory Tate, from the University of Surrey, argues that novelists have been examining similar psychological questions for centuries. The theme of this year's Free Thinking Festival is "Who's In Control?", and Gregory Tate's talk outlines the way the novels of Jane Austen shed light on the balance of power between thought and emotion.

Producer: Neil Trevithick.

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