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end of capitalism
The End of Capitalism
A new global economics

Fredric Jameson claimed it was easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. Was he right? Can new alternatives to the current paradigm emerge to conquer the world, or is capitalism the only realistic economic system?
naw to separatism
Say "Naw" to Separatism
George Galloway

The future of the United Kingdom is in doubt. George Galloway issues a rallying cry against Scottish independence. “You don’t have to like him; but if you want to change the world, you do have to learn from him.” Independent
neuroscience philosophy
Neuroscience vs. Philosophy
Explaining the secrets of the mind
Explaining the secrets of the mind

From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind. But now some neuroscientists claim to have settled these raging debates. Is it possible we have discovered a science to replace philosophy and we can finally make real progress?  
time for outrage
A Time for Outrage
Doon Mackichan
time for outrage
Speakers: Doon Mackichan
Doon Mackichan

Smack the Pony star Doon Mackichan asks if it’s time to end the epidemic of violence against women on our screens. “Has spent her life causing offence and hilarity” Guardian
imagining the truth
Imagining the Truth
Can fantasy reveal reality?

We believe reason is our best tool for acquiring true knowledge of the world. But Picasso said "art is a lie that tells the truth," and many others before him have made similar claims. Are they right? Can imagination lead us to truths hidden from the rational mind, or is this romantic hogswash?
the limits of logic
The Limits of Logic
Should we embrace the irrational?

Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness? 
The Establishment
Speakers: Owen Jones
Owen Jones

Following the critically acclaimed Chavs, the Guardian columnist unleashes a powerful attack on the British Establishment. "Superb" Polly Toynbee, Guardian
everything explained
Everything Explained
everything explained
Speakers: Peter Atkins
Can science explain all of existence? Eminent chemist Peter Atkins believes only pessimism, prejudice and fear suggest otherwise.
hunt for dark energy
The Hunt for Dark Energy
hunt for dark energy
Speakers: Peter Cameron, George Ellis, David Tong
Seeking our hidden universe

Dark energy is supposed to make up two-thirds of the universe. But troublingly CERN has yet to find any evidence. Have we got our story of the universe wrong - might dark energy be the aether of our time? Do we need a new account of the universe, or is it too soon for such radical solutions?
Bang Goes the Big Bang
Is it possible that the Big Bang is a mistake?

We take it for granted that the Universe began with the Big Bang. But there are problems with the theory. Is it just possible that the Big Bang will turn out to be a mistake? Since our whole account of the Universe depends on this theory - can we contemplate giving it up and what might replace it?
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