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Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

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    • Society & Culture

Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

    Is genomic medicine delivering on its potential?

    Is genomic medicine delivering on its potential?

    Advances in genomics were predicted to lead to a new era of personalised medicine, by utilising individual genetic information. Genomics is currently being employed to improve diagnosis of difficult to diagnose conditions. But will it realise its full potential? What are the ethical quandaries?

    • 54 min
    Music by robots

    Music by robots

    Would music created by robots move you just the same as a piece composed by your favourite song writer?

    Machines are already making art - paintings and songs.

    But does this music have the same quality as works created by humans?

    • 54 min
    A study of antisemitism

    A study of antisemitism

    The main threat of antisemitism is its use as a conspiracy theory to undermine democracy, says Deborah Lipstadt.

    She traces the origin of antisemitism and defines a template that’s been used by both the political right and left - even today.

    • 54 min
    Decriminalising domestic violence

    Decriminalising domestic violence

    Could it be that the adversarial criminal justice system is hindering efforts to combat domestic violence?

    • 57 min
    Public speaking without fear

    Public speaking without fear

    Surveys about people’s fears commonly feature public speaking at the very top of the list.

    Many of you believe that public speaking is something you have a natural affinity to do – or not.

    But it's a skill you can learn and practice like any other.

    Even better: There are some basic tips – easily applied – that can make an average talk a memorable and impactful speech. You only have to know them.

    • 54 min
    Paul Krugman’s take on the US economy and what it means for the election

    Paul Krugman’s take on the US economy and what it means for the election

    Nobel laureate Paul Krugman explains some of the most vital economic policy issues of our time.

    Private health insurance; accepting budget deficits – or not; putting tariffs on foreign trade. What makes economic sense and what’s fiscal myth?

    And he assesses some economic policies put forward in this US presidential election. Economy might decide the winner of this election and the outcome will reverberate across the world.

    • 54 min

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