A life-changing talk by the BBC’s Doctor in the House on how to combat stress. Many people don’t realise that implementing small changes to their routine can reduce or completely eradicate stress. In this talk Dr Chatterjee will show how by addressing the underlying causes of our anxieties in four main areas: Body, Mind, Relationships, and Purpose, we can learn to cope and live a happier, more fulfilling and stress-free life. Read more.
An unmissable conversation between Richard Wrangham, Harvard Professor of Biological Anthropology and the evolutionary behavioural scientist Professor Tamás Dávid-Barrett on “The Goodness Paradox: How Evolution Made Us Both More and Less Violent” – Richard Wrangham’s new book which is set to be as important and revolutionary a book as Gun, Germs and Steel, the Language Instinct, Black Swans or Thinking Fast and Slow. It may not always seem so, but day-to-day interactions between individual humans are extraordinarily peaceful. That is not to say that we are perfect, just far less violent than most animals, especially our closest relatives, the chimpanzee and their legendarily docile cousins, the Bonobo. Perhaps surprisingly, we rape, maim, and kill many fewer of our neighbours than all other primates and almost all undomesticated animals. But there is one form of violence that humans exceed all other animals in by several degrees: organized proactive violence against other groups of humans. It seems, we are the only animal that goes to war. In this conversation Professor Richard Wrangham will explore this paradox at the heart of human behaviour. Drawing on new research by geneticists, neuroscientists, primatologists, and archaeologists, he will show that what domesticated our species was nothing less than the invention of capital punishment which eliminated the least cooperative and most aggressive among us. But that development is exactly what laid the groundwork for the worst of our atrocities. Join us for this major talk which will revolutionise our understanding of humanity. Read more.
How did our minds come to be so powerful, and yet so fragile? Dr. Randolph Nesse reveals the origins of the emotional conditions affecting so many of us – and offer new insights for their treatment and management. Read more.
Today, justice can turn on a drop of blood or clothing fibre found at the scene of the crime. Meet the forensic scientist whose work helped crack the Yorkshire Ripper case, the Stephen Lawrence investigation, and many more. Read more.
How many trees are there on the planet? Do busier hospitals have higher survival rates? Why do old men have big ears? The answers to these and many other questions can be revealed by statistical science. Join Professor David Spiegelhalter for a crash course in gaining knowledge from data. Read more.