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Can biotech lead an economic revolution?

Recording of the debate at the Battle of Ideas 2017 at The Barbican in London, in partnership with Immunocore. The new Life Sciences Industrial Strategy claims that ‘in a country where productivity is a major challenge, public sector life sciences discovery activity… is dramatically more productive compared to other countries such as the USA or Germany’. What role will biotechnology play in the industries of tomorrow? Will it predominate as a durable, sizeable and job-creating sector,...

Duration: 01:17:20

Is globalisation over? The future of world trade

Recording of the debate at the Battle of Ideas 2017. Globalisation is the process by which national and regional economies, societies and cultures have become more integrated through global networks of trade, foreign direct investment, transport, telecommunications and immigration. Many argue that globalisation has been an enormous boon to worldwide living standards. However, serious debate has now broken out about whether globalisation is finally grinding to a halt. What is...

Duration: 01:38:22

In the wake of Weinstein: #MeToo, calling out and sexual harassment

Recording of the Battle of Ideas Stockholm 2017 debate at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. (Please note, there is a very short introduction to the recording in Swedish, but the debate is in English.) Is #MeToo a valuable way for the everywoman to show solidarity with victims and raise awareness of the broader problems of sexual harassment everywhere? Or does it stir up the gender wars, exaggerating the idea that most men are sexual predators and most women their victims? What does #MeToo reveal...

Duration: 01:12:04

From AI to Big Data: can technology save the NHS?

Recording of the debate at the Battle of Ideas 2017 in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. See full details here: At a time of ever-increasing healthcare costs, waiting times and ever-increasing strains on GPs and A&E departments, there is increased urgency in trying to find new approaches to treatment. Against this backdrop of cost-driven strains in patient care, can engineering...

Duration: 01:29:44

Censorship and identity: free speech for me, but not for you

How should free speech activists respond to the challenge of identity politics? It no longer seems sufficient to cite the First Amendment, quote JS Mill, or cry academic freedom in trying to thwart assaults on free expression. There was a powerful illustration of this problem recently when protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter gatecrashed an event at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and prevented the invited guest from the American Civil Liberties Union from...

Duration: 02:08:11

Professor Stephen Farrall on Generation Right and the legacy of Margaret Thatcher

Stephen Farrall, professor of criminology in the Centre for Criminological Research at the School of Law, University of Sheffield, talks to Rob Lyons about his film Generation Right, which looks at the election of Margaret Thatcher and her subsequent policies, particularly in relation to crime and criminal justice policy. Stephen notes how Thatcher’s economic policies - in particular, the way they created mass unemployment and drove down welfare provision - led to an increase in crime....

Duration: 00:25:58

Battle Cry: Jamie Bartlett on the reaction against Silicon Valley

Jamie Bartlett is the director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements, the impact of technology on society, and new big data research methods. He is also author of the best-selling book The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures and Radicals (2017) about fringe political movements. Earlier this year he presented the BBC series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. In this podcast, Jamie talks to Max Sanderson...

Duration: 00:17:02

Battle Cry: Joanna Williams on contemporary feminism

Feminists routinely argue that women remain disadvantaged in society. But as Joanna Williams argues in her new book, Women vs Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars, this is now rarely the case in the UK. In fact, as she explains to Max Sanderson, by emphasising vulnerability, contemporary feminism actually perpetuates some out-dated notions about women and moves us further away from equality and liberation. Joanna is speaking in the session Women versus Feminism: do we...

Duration: 00:19:00

Podcast of Ideas: Battle of Ideas preview

Claire Fox, Rob Lyons and Adam Rawcliffe look ahead to the Battle of Ideas 2017 at The Barbican in London, pulling out some personal highlights from the 100+ debates taking place over the festival weekend - from populism and cultural appropriation to the end of globalisation and street art.

Duration: 00:40:30

Battle Cry: Professor Tim Ingold on evolutionary psychology

The furore around a memo written by Google engineer James Damore, which argued that the relative paucity of female engineers could be explained in part by biology, brought the field of evolutionary psychology (EP) to wider public attention. EP seeks to identify the psychological traits that were adaptive in our evolution, forming part of ‘human nature’, and has been used to explain everything from gender differences to our propensity to eat unhealthy food. But critics argue EP is reductive...

Duration: 00:17:47

Battle Cry: Cathy Young on the rise of the alt-right

Cathy Young, contributing editor at Reason magazine and columnist for Newsday, talks to Max Sanderson about the recent political phenomenon of the alt-right. Who are they? Where did they come from? Why has the alt-right become popular and what does it stand for?

Duration: 00:20:01

Who do you think you are? Autonomy, authenticity and the emergence of identity politics

A lecture by Dr Tim Black at the Institute of Ideas event The Academy 2017. Authenticity has become one of the defining ideals of the modern world. It is the quality we are meant to demand in that which we consume; a value to be opposed to all that is ‘fake’, or ‘phoney’, or ‘artificial’. Above all, it is what an individual is meant to aspire to be - true to one’s self, self-actualising, self-expressing. Authenticity today has an almost ethical force. It underpins identity politics,...

Duration: 00:46:27

From Islamic State to Oxford: a monumental war on the past?

With the furores this week over statues, we are republishing this debate from Battle of Ideas 2015. The Islamic State’s attacks on antiquities in Iraq and Syria have caused outrage worldwide. The systematic destruction of ancient archaeological ruins at Nimrud and Palmyra, artefacts at the museum of Mosul, early Christian churches and sacred Shia sites has raised almost as much ire internationally as IS’s barbaric execution of prisoners. Some have even suggested that attacks on cultural...

Duration: 01:29:57

Narcissism and identity-determinism

A lecture by Claire Fox, director of the Institute of Ideas, at The Academy 2017. Narcissism is now - according to the New York Times - ‘the go-to diagnosis’ for commentators. Why has cultural narcissism become so deeply woven into the fabric of contemporary society? Why has individualistic self-preoccupation with identity become dominant at the very time when individual autonomy and agency are so weak? Are there any positive aspects in constructing Brand Me and a ‘Narrative of Self’ in...

Duration: 00:40:43

Podcast of Ideas - 3 August 2017

Adam Rawcliffe is joined by Claire Fox, Izzy Lyons and Rob Lyons to discuss the news of the past two weeks. As Anthony Scaramucci leaves the White House after just 10 days, what on earth is going on inside the Trump administration? What are the pros and cons of Justine Greening’s proposals on self-determination of gender identity? What should we make of the row over pay at the BBC? With public disagreements on what leaving the EU should mean and how long any transitional phase should...

Duration: 00:35:37

The emergence of the self in history

A lecture from The Academy 2017 by Professor Frank Furedi. This lecture will focus on the gradual development of sensibility towards the self. It will focus on the emergence of self-consciousness during the Renaissance and on the way that the distinction that Luther drew between the inner and external life of the individual opened up the space for the authorisation of the self. The lecture will conclude with reflections on the relationship of the self to the modern conception of...

Duration: 00:33:51

Liberty of conscience, freedom of speech

A lecture by Dr Teresa Bejan, associate professor of political theory at the University of Oxford, recorded at The Academy 2017. Today, many take for granted that the familiar slate of individual rights and liberties—of religion, speech, and association—belonging to citizens of modern liberal democracies go hand-in-hand. And indeed, since John Stuart Mill, many liberals have assumed that the freedom of speech, in particular, is logically and historically inseparable from the liberty of...

Duration: 00:40:40

Podcast of Ideas - 7 July 2017

Rob Lyons is joined by Alastair Donald and Claire Fox to discuss the week’s news, including the row over public-sector pay, the current state of play in British politics, Donald Trump vs CNN and the aloof behaviour of Emmanuel Macron.

Duration: 00:46:25

Podcast of Ideas - 20 June 2017

Adam Rawcliffe is joined by Alastair Donald, Geoff Kidder and Pauline Hadaway to talk the events of the past week. Is the public discussion to the Grenfell Tower fire helpful or will it divert attention from some important underlying issues? Why were ministers so quick to label the attack on Muslims in Finsbury Parks as ‘terrorism’? What do the Brexit talks and the potential Conservative deal with the DUP mean for Northern Ireland?

Duration: 00:39:48

Podcast of Ideas: further reflections on Election 2017

Adam Rawcliffe is joined by Dolan Cummings, Alastair Donald and Claire Fox to discuss the fallout from the General Election. Can Theresa May survive without an overall majority? Is the strong reaction to a post-election deal with the DUP justified? Has class made a comeback at this election? And how should we view the apparent sharp rise in the youth vote?

Duration: 00:41:18

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