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Philosophy Bites Back
Has physics made philosophy obsolete?

From neuroscience to cosmology, Hawking to Dawkins, many argue science can do away with philosophy. Yet science is replete with philosophical  puzzles. Should we see science as one metaphysics amongst others? Or is this to swap the megalomania of science with that of philosophy?
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The Mind's Eye
The science of consciousness and the soul

For scientists and philosophers the idea of the soul has been out of fashion for two hundred years. But is it on its way back? Can science explain consciousness without it? Who watches the magic show that is experience?
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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
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The new global order

Some in Europe are pleased to see America’s wings clipped. But are we witnessing the decline of an empire that led the world through the 20th century? Will a post-American world be a new era in global affairs, or leave us facing a more unstable and dangerous future?
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The Limits of My World
Philosophy's linguistic turn
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Speakers: Hilary Lawson, Michael Potter, John Searle
Philosophy's linguistic turn

Language has been the focus of philosophical enquiry for the last century. But was the 'linguistic turn' a wrong turn, leading to a barren discipline without 'real world' influence? Is it time for a fresh approach to the big issues, or would this be a capitulation to intellectual fantasy?
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Out of Darkness
Is our understanding of black holes fundementally wrong? Presenting ground breaking new research, Laura Mersini-Houghton explains why event horizons and singularities might simply be a myth.
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Categories: Culture & Sexuality
Speakers: Rowan Pelling
What can MRI scans of brains in orgasm tell us? Erotic Review founder Rowan Pelling reveals how the science of la petite mort might might hold the key to abolishing pain. "Very sexy, very clever, and very knowledgeable" Financial Times
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Stories of Desire
Can desire help us make sense of the world?

Postmodernism undermined the dream of a definitive account of reality. Yet we still need some way to make sense of ourselves and the world. Might the Deleuzean metaphor of desire provide a way forward? Can desire better account for what makes us human, or is this continental confusion?
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Neuroscience vs. Philosophy
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?  
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The World After Tomorrow
Privacy in a digital age

William Gibson famously claimed that “the future’s here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.” As cyberspace collapses boundaries between nations and individuals alike, the very notion of privacy is under assault, and the economic hegemony of the West is no longer assured. Can technology become a force for global equality, or is the future destined to...
Madness: What's in a word?
Categories: Mind & Psychology
Speakers: Mark Salter
Consultant psychiatrist, filmmaker and writer Mark Salter moves the anti-psychiatry debate forward, envisioning a world free from stereotypes of depression.
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