Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Exchanges: Ideas and Argument - BBC - 6 Episodes

A.C. Grayling is the author of about 30 books on philosophy, including  The Meaning of Things (2001), Against All Gods: Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness (2007), The Good Book: A Humanist Bible (2011), Ideas That Matter: The Concepts That Shape the 21st Century (2012), and The God Argument (2013).

He is a director and contributor at Prospect Magazine. His main academic interests lie in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophical logic. He has described himself as "a man of the left" and is associated in Britain with the new atheism movement, and is sometimes described as the 'Fifth Horseman of New Atheism'. He frequently appears in the British media discussing philosophy, as in this series from BBC World Service.

In these six episodes, Grayling speaks with Kay Redfield Jamison, Iain Couzin, Henry Markram, Bonnie Bassler, Daniel Cohen, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Exchanges - Ideas and Argument

Exchanges - Ideas and Argument

The world's leading figures in science, economics, politics and architecture join an audience to discuss their ideas.

Recent episodes

  • Exchanges at the Frontier: 01 Mar 14 - Kay Redfield Jamison

    Sat, 1 Mar 14
    Duration: 50 mins
    The Psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison is a world leading specialist in bipolar disorder, and suffers from the condition herself. She shares her unique perspective with A.C.Grayling and an audience at Wellcome Collection, London.
  • Exchanges at the Frontier: 22 Feb 14 - Iain Couzin

    Sat, 22 Feb 14
    Duration: 50 mins
    Why do locusts swarm? How do ants manage their traffic flow so much better than humans? Iain Couzin talks to Matthew Sweet about what we can learn from collective animal behaviour.
  • Exchanges at the Frontier: 15 Feb 14 - Henry Markram

    Sat, 15 Feb 14
    Duration: 50 mins
    Henry Markram has received the biggest personal grant in the history of science. He has a billion euros to build a super computer which will replicate the human brain. He tells A.C.Grayling and an audience at Wellcome Collection how the virtual brain will reveal revolutionise the treatment of mental disorders.
  • Exchanges at the Frontier: 08 Feb 14 - Bonnie Bassler

    Fri, 7 Feb 14
    Duration: 50 mins
    Bonnie Bassler is the world specialist in how bacteria communicate within the human body. She explains to A.C.Grayling and pupils at Haverstock School, that this process holds the key to solving the problem of failing antibiotics.
  • Exchanges: The Global Economy 18 Jan 14: Daniel Cohen

    Sat, 18 Jan 14
    Duration: 50 mins
    Why doesn’t money make us happy? French economist Daniel Cohen explores the paradox of why growing economies do not lead to growing satisfaction with life. He tells Justin Rowlatt, and an audience at Paris Dauphine University that economics focusses us on competition while it’s cooperation and free-giving that makes us happy.
  • Exchanges: The Global Economy 11 Jan 14: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    Sat, 11 Jan 14
    Duration: 50 mins
    He has been described as a ‘super hero of the mind’ and ‘the hottest thinker in the world; the one-time business trader and full-time philosopher of randomness Nassim Nicholas Taleb joins Justin Rowlatt and an audience at the Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne in Paris for a special event staged in partnership with Paris Dauphine University.
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