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Horizon - Who Do You Want Your Child to Be? (signed)

BBC ,
David Baddiel, father of two, sets out to answer one of the greatest questions a parent can ask: how best to educate your child. Taking in the latest scientific research, David uncovers some unconventional approaches: from the parent hot-hosing his child to record-breaking feats of maths, to a school that pays hard cash for good grades.

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Art of Indecision 1

Ian Peacock ,
Life is all about the choices we make. But what happens when you’re trapped in the headlights of indecision? A light-hearted programme for ditherers who want to become decisive.

Art of Indecision 2

Ian Peacock ,
Life is all about the choices we make. But what happens when you’re trapped in the headlights of indecision? A light-hearted programme for ditherers who want to become decisive.

Book of the Week - Passionate Minds

David Bodanis ,
Emilie du Chatelet was one of the greatest thinkers of the 18th century, a woman whose work was of by history. Fiercely intellectual and passionate, Emilie's relationship with Voltaire was as radical as he vital use to Einstein and who, until now, has been largely ignoredr thinking.

Can Anyone Be a Creative Genius 1?

Ian Peacock ,
We make, we create, we paint, we write, we think we discover and we invent. Humans are endlessly creative. From our ability to utter completely new sentences every time we speak to the artistic and scientific genius of Picasso, Shakespeare or Einstein. Do scientists or psychologists know very much about what creativity actually is, or which bit of our brain is in control when we do? Ian Peacock unravels the myth, science and psychology behind creativity. He also finds out why computers could be the artists and writers of the 22nd century.

Can Anyone Be a Creative Genius 2?

Ian Peacock ,
Creativity unlocked. In the second programme Ian talks to the scientist who's invented a magnetic thinking cap which could make creative geniuses of us all and meets the man who after a stroke, can't stop his craving to paint, sculpt and write poetry. On his search for Xanadu he finds out why creativity is unleashed in some kinds of brain damage and how neuroscience is shedding light on the mystery of creativity,

Can Anyone Be a Creative Genius 3?

Ian Peacock ,
How can you be more creative? In the third programme Ian finds out what strategies and techniques he can borrow from business and beyond to maximise his own creativity. He talks an advertising agency to find out how they think up their best ideas, and finds out why businesses are using poets and artists to improve their productivity.

Freudian Slips - 01 Sexual Aberrations

Sigmund Freud ,
Written in 1905, Freud's groundbreaking 'Three essays on the theory of sexuality' is one of the pillars on which modern psychoanalysis rests. In the first of these essays, 'Sexual Aberrations' Freud unravels the complex diversity of human desire. Lisa talks to author, Kathy Lette to find out why fetishism isn't too far from shopping and she meets writer and psychoanalyst, Adam Phillips to find out why Freud thought the sexual instinct is such an irresistible force.

Freudian Slips - 02 Infantile Sexuality

Sigmund Freud ,
The second of Freud's 'Three essays on the theory of sexuality' is his ground breaking and shocking exploration of the relationship between children and their parents. In 'Infantile Sexuality' Freud outlines why our experiences and frustrations in childhood form the basis for our adult neuroses. Lisa Appignanesi talks to psychoanalysts and writers to find out how Oedipus lives on today.

Freudian Slips - 03 Transformations of Puberty

Sigmund Freud ,
In The last of Freud's essays on sexuality he explains why the troubled adolescent has to relive childhood in a bid to leave home. Lisa talks to psychoanalysts working today to find out how the struggles of adolescence have changed over the course of hundred years. She also talks to writer, Sue Townsend to find out what inspired her to write about teenager Adrian Mole and what Freud might have made of him, now, aged 38 and 3/4.

Freudian Slips - 04 Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria

Sigmund Freud ,
Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria' is Freud's first great case history. Dora was brought to Freud for analysis by her father because of hysterical symptoms and threatened suicide. Dora rejected Freud's interpretations and fled before her treatment was over. Why did she leave and what did Freud learn from his apparent failure? Lisa talks to psychoanalyst and writer, Susie Orbach to find out why 'Dora' would lead to the invention of one of psychoanalysis's most important tools.

Freudian Slips - 05 Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious

Sigmund Freud ,
The Joke Book. In 'Wit and its relation to the Unconscious' Freud explained why the joke, like the dream provides a unique window into the unconscious. Lisa talks to comic Arnold Brown and therapist turned comedian Inder Manocha, to find out what drives the urge to make others laugh. She also talks to psychoanalysts David Bell to find out why we laugh, why we give ourselves away by our jokes and asks if there is a place for humour on the therapist's couch.

Great Lives - Baruch Spinoza

Sir Harry Kroto ,
Spinoza was one of the founding fathers of the Idealist school of philosophy, and was described by Bertrand Russell as, "the noblest and most lovable of the great philosophers".

In Our Time - Education

Melvyn Bragg ,
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history and the modern purpose of education. With Mary Warnock, philosopher and educationalist; Ted Wragg, Professor of Education, University of Exeter.In_Our_Time/Mary Warnock and Ted Wragg - Education .pdf

In Our Time - Evil

Melvyn Bragg ,
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the concept of evil. With Jones Erwin, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Limerick; Stephen Mulhall, Tutor in Philosophy at New College, Oxford University; Margaret Atkins, Lecturer in Theology at Trinity and All Saints College, University of Leeds.In_Our_Time/Margaret Atkins, Jones Irwin, Stephen Mulhole - Evil.pdf

In Our Time - Evolutionary Psychology

Melvyn Bragg ,
With Janet Radcliffe Richards, Reader in Bioethics, University College, London; Nicholas Humphrey, Professor of Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York; Professor Steven Rose, Professor of Physic, Open University.In_Our_Time/Janet Radcliffe-Richards, Steven Rose, Nicholas Humphrey - Evolutionary Psychology.pdf

In Our Time - Good and Evil

Melvyn Bragg ,
With Leszek Kolakowski, author and Professor of Philosophy, Oxford University; Galen Strawson, author and Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Jesus College, Oxford.In_Our_Time/Lazek Kolokovsky and Galen Strawson - Good and Evil.pdf

In Our Time - Imagination and Consciousness

Melvyn Bragg ,
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the question of consciousness, our sense of self, and how we are able to imagine things when they are not there, which are problems that have troubled the great minds of philosophy for thousands of years.In_Our_Time/Gerald Edelman, Margaret Boden, Igor Aleksander - Science of Consciousness.pdf

In Our Time - Intelligence

Melvyn Bragg ,
With Dr Ken Richardson, educational psychologist, former Senior Lecturer, Open University and author of The Making of Intelligence; Professor Michael Ruse Philosopher of Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario and author of Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction?In_Our_Time/Ken Richardson and Michael Rouse - Intelligence.pdf


In Our Time - Materialism

Melvyn Bragg ,
What does materialism really mean, how has it developed over time and can we still have free will if we are living in a materialist world? Contributers include; Anthony Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London;Caroline Warman, Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and Anthony O’Hear, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buckingham

In Our Time - Memory and Culture

Melvyn Bragg ,
With Professor Malcolm Bowie, Marshall Foch Professor of French Literature at Oxford University and Director of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre; Dr Nancy Wood, Chair of Media Studies, University of Sussex and author of Vectors of Memory.In_Our_Time/Malcolm Bowie and Nancy Wood - Memory.pdf

In Our Time - Prayer

Melvyn Bragg ,
With Professor Russell Stannard, physicist, religious writer and author of The God Experiment; Andrew Samuels, Jungian analyst and Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex.In_Our_Time/Russell Stannard and Andrew Samuels - Prayer.pdf

In Our Time - Progress

Melvyn Bragg ,
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss progress. As man has grown in years and knowledge, has he also progressed in terms of happiness and a true understanding of the human condition?In_Our_Time/Anthony O'Hare and Adam Phillips - The End of History.pdf