Oliver Burkeman explores negativity as a surprising pathway to meeting your goals.
The truth is like a vegetable your mother makes you eat, nourishing but it tastes terrible
Professor John Searle examines the connections between the mind and the brain.
Psychologist Gustav Kuhn uses magic to show just how limited our conscious experience is.
Anil Seth discusses the hard problem of understanding consciousness with Jim Al-Khalili.
Photographer Andrew Heptinstall's quest to represent sound within a photograph.
Neurobiologist Colin Blakemore explains how the mind creates sight and perception.
Ben Kingsley talks to Joan Bakewell about the beliefs that underpin his life and work.
Sarah Dunant looks through history to understand apparently irrational behaviour.
Josie Long explores uncertain territory.
Jo Brand joins Brian Cox and Robin Ince for witty, irreverent science chat.
Margaret Heffernan challenges a view that polarisation means we do not change our minds.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Rene Descartes' famous statement.
Melvyn Bragg examines why ideas about consciousness preoccupy philosophers and scientists.
Josie Long explores how we talk to people we disagree with.
How can we nurture critical thinking skills in children and young people?
Certainty: is the lust for it a sin? And if so, should politics fear for its soul?
Michael Blastland examines the damage done by the demand for certainty in politics.
Architectural writer Shumi Bose explores whether we can trust what we see.
How do our senses work together to shape the experience of eating? Barry Smith explores.
Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests ask whether science needs war to drive it.
Michael Blastland invites us to discover the way people think, behave and make decisions.
Michael Blastland invites us to discover the way we think, behave and make decisions.
Mark Vernon asks whether we have lost our ability to doubt well.
Ernie Rea and guests debate the role of doubt in religion - is it positive or negative?
Comedian Frank Skinner ponders on how opinionated the British really are ahead of his new BBC comedy series.
Sarah Dunant delves into the past for alternative stories to help frame today's anxieties.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the mathematician Kurt Godel and his work.
Edward Said considers how far an intellectual should participate in the public sphere.