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iai Podcast: Philosophy for our times Introducing the IAI’s new podcast, Philosophy for our times; allowing you to get your daily dose of philosophy wherever you are. Gathering together the world’s leading thinkers from philosophy, science, politics and the arts, our podcast offers illuminating and lively debates on the big issues affecting your world.

iai Podcast: Philosophy for our times Introducing the IAI’s new podcast, Philosophy for our times; allowing you to get your daily dose of philosophy wherever you are. Gathering together the world’s leading thinkers from philosophy, science, politics and the arts, our podcast offers illuminating and lively debates on the big issues affecting your world.
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iai Podcast: Philosophy for our times Introducing the IAI’s new podcast, Philosophy for our times; allowing you to get your daily dose of philosophy wherever you are. Gathering together the world’s leading thinkers from philosophy, science, politics and the arts, our podcast offers illuminating and lively debates on the big issues affecting your world.

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E67 | Power, Status And Sexuality | Catherine Hakim, Doon Mackichan, Peter Tatchell

11/16/2017
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The goal of feminism seemed simple: equal rights for both sexes. Yet tabloid controversy is raging now Beyonce, GaGa and Sandberg have claimed the label. Can female sexuality be a vehicle for female power? And is feminism recast as female power a desirable goal or a threat to the original ideals? Sociologist and author of Erotic Capital Catherine Hakim, Smack The Pony star Doon Mackichan, and activist Peter Tatchell confront sexuality.

Duration: 00:38:37


E66 | Should you trust your doctor? | David Healy

11/14/2017
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We trust our doctors to do what’s best for us when we’re sick, and that their knowledge comes from the cutting edge of medical science. But what if our doctors are being led astray by medical insurance companies, and even the NHS, to create a world where patients depend on medication which might be doing them more harm than good? In today’s episode we join psychiatrist David Healy as he questions the power that the market forces have over our health. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men...

Duration: 00:14:42


E65 | Real Men | Julie Bindel, Diane Abbott, Rowan Pelling, Serena Kutchinsky

11/7/2017
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Being a real man used to be about courage, grit, and determination. But in an age of increased empathy and softness the story is getting blurred. Is the 'real man' a fantasy we should be pleased to see relegated to history along with Marlboro ads, or are these qualities that women still want and society needs? Jamie Whyte chairs this debate between Dianne Abott and Julie Bindel, who both argue that male stereotypes should be relegated to history, and Rowan Pelling and Serena Kutchinsky;...

Duration: 00:28:41


E64 | Why Are Humans Monogamous? | Kit Opie

10/31/2017
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Only 3 percent of mammals are monogamous. The faithful few include beavers, wolves, bats, and, of course, humans. Why is monogamy so rare? And how did we come to practise it? UCL anthropologist Kit Opie takes you on journey back to the beginning of human relationships. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men available under an Attribution Creative Commons License

Duration: 00:20:30


E63 | Diversity and Power | Sophie Walker

10/24/2017
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Disillusioned with the mainstream, Sophie Walker joined and now leads the Women's Equality Party. Here she asks: is radical thinking enough to change society? Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men available under an Attribution Creative Commons License

Duration: 00:25:23


E62 | The Good, The Bad And The Unknown | Gita Sahgal, David Owens, Sebastian Farquhar

10/17/2017
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We all want a better world and most see morality as helping to choose the right actions. Yet we can't know for sure the outcome of any action. Is morality therefore curiously independent of outcomes? Does this leave it without foundation or function? Or do good and bad have no place in this world at all? Centre for Secular Space founder Gita Sahgal, philosopher and author of Causes and Coincidences David Owens, and director of the Centre for Effective Altruism Sebastian Farquhar discuss...

Duration: 00:19:53


E61 | Romancing Opiates | Theodore Dalrymple

10/10/2017
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What is the strange allure of opiate addiction? Author and former prison psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple argues his personal take on the problems poppies pose. "A modern master" Guardian Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men available under an Attribution Creative Commons License

Duration: 00:18:01


E60 | Neuroscience vs. Philosophy | Margaret Boden, Steven Rose, Barry C. Smith

10/3/2017
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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? Cognitive scientist Margaret Boden, philosopher of mind and language Barry C. Smith and neurobiologist Steven Rose put neuroscience on trial. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men...

Duration: 00:36:46


E59 | Philosophy of Confidence | Rowland Manthorpe

9/26/2017
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Aristotle said that we "acquire a particular quality by acting a certain way" - he believed that you could fake it 'til you make it. But is this a reductive understanding of confidence? Are we right to desire confidence, or should we reimagine our understanding of it? WIRED editor and author Rowland Manthorpe examines our self-belief, from Nietzsche to now, and proposes a more collaborative definition of confidence. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men available under an Attribution...

Duration: 00:18:03


E58 | After Buddhism | Stephen Batchelor

9/19/2017
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What could secular Buddhist philosophy bring to a dissatisfied West? Buddhist teacher and author Stephen Batchelor gives ancient wisdom a 21st century home. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men available under an Attribution Creative Commons License.

Duration: 00:20:44


E57 | What we Cannot Know | Marcus du Sautoy

9/12/2017
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The headlines of new discoveries about the universe continue, but are we approaching our limits? Mathematician and broadcaster Marcus du Sautoy explores. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men available under an Attribution Creative Commons License

Duration: 00:27:22


E56 | Language and the World | Corine Besson, Nancy Cartwright, Hilary Lawson

9/5/2017
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We effortlessly use language to describe the world. Yet the puzzle of how language achieves this has stumped philosophers for a century. Are we simply missing the right theory? Or is something more profound at stake if language does not in fact provide descriptions of the world at all. New York philosopher of language Paul Boghossian, Closure theorist Hilary Lawson and Director of the Centre for Logic and Language Corine Besson Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men available under an...

Duration: 00:31:51


E55 | The Universe Code | Peter Atkins, Chiara Marletto, James Ladyman

8/29/2017
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We think information provides facts about the world around us. Yet some in quantum physics now claim that information is primary, more fundamental than matter. Could information provide the ultimate constituents of the world? Or is this a delusion borne from the specific and passing vocabulary of a digital age? Emeritus Oxford chemist Peter Atkins, quantum physics information pioneer Chiara Marletto and author of Everything Must Go James Ladyman decode the universe.

Duration: 00:43:02


E54 | Life On The Edge | Sebastian Farquhar

8/23/2017
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How can we rethink society to halt existential crises as rapidly as the threats can occur? Director of the Centre for Effective Altruism Sebastian Farquhar outlines his solution.

Duration: 00:19:14


E53 | Imagining Imaginations | Terry Eagleton, Paul Boghossian, Joanne Harris

8/18/2017
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From writing to art, the intense to the light hearted, imagination transports us to untold fantasy worlds. Yet Picasso claimed "everything you can imagine is real". Should we dismiss this as the overblown claims of a celebrity artist, or might what we take to be reality actually be a product of the power of imagination? Literary critic Terry Eagleton, New york University philosopher Paul Boghossian and Chocolat author Joanne Harris find places where reality ends and the power of...

Duration: 00:36:36


E52 | Politics and the Patriarchy | Angela Eagle

8/16/2017
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Has Westminster made progress to equality? Cameron told Shadow Secretary for Business Angela Eagle to “Calm down dear”; here she forecasts the future of sexism in politics. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men and Enter the World of Paradise by D SMILEZ available under an Attribution Creative Commons License

Duration: 00:20:52


E51 | Catching Sight of Ourselves | Christopher Hamilton, Adjoa Andoh, Daniel Miller

8/14/2017
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Far flung destinations are often home to those seeking to 'find themselves'. Encouraged perhaps by Socrates’ maxim for an ethical life: 'know thyself'. But do any of us ever arrive? Is the self a real and stable enough 'thing' that it can be known? Or can we never catch sight of ourselves in the mirror? Anthropologist and author of Stuff Daniel Miller, actress and writer Adjoa Andoh, KCL philosopher Christopher Hamilton examine the limits of self-knowledge. Music: Apache Force by Little...

Duration: 00:33:14


E50 | The Good Fight | Charlotte Leslie

8/11/2017
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Can the threat of terror be fought with compassion? Conservative politician and Spectator's 'Backbencher of the year' Charlotte Leslie issues a rallying cry for the politics of love. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men and Enter the World of Paradise by D SMILEZ available under an Attribution Creative Commons License

Duration: 00:18:13


E49 | The Vital Statistics | Helena Cronin

8/9/2017
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Is statistical and scientific ignorance undermining the fight against sexism? Darwinian philosopher Helena Cronin argues sex difference should be accepted not ignored. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men and Enter the World of Paradise by D SMILEZ available under an Attribution Creative Commons License

Duration: 00:23:27


E48 | The Shame Game | Robin Ince, John Milbank, Helen Croydon

8/8/2017
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The shaming exposes and social media scandals of today can seem as backwards as the stocks or the pillory. Yet the fear of shame can bring the powerful to heel. What is our curious shame about shame? Might shaming be our best tool for change? Or should we always be fearful of the tyranny of the mob? Comedian Robin Ince, Sugar Daddy Diaries author Helen Croydon, and theologian and Zizek collaborator John Milbank uncover the strangeness of shame. Music: Apache Force by Little Glass Men...

Duration: 00:39:21

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