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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

Big Ideas ABC Podcasts

    • Gesellschaft und Kultur

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

    What does it mean to be evil?

    What does it mean to be evil?

    Are some people born evil?

    If modern science could identify ‘evil’ people, would we have the responsibility to remove them from society? What is the difference between even and merely bad?

    On Big Ideas a panel of experts explores the meaning of evil in a contemporary and historic sense.

    Evil is often seen as “profound immorality”. Yet at the same our notion of evil varies with culture, century and context.

    • 54 Min.
    Five challenges for democratic governments

    Five challenges for democratic governments

    Technology is driving immense social and economic change and it's time for governments to step up and actively shape the future. If we simply leave it to the market we risk social dislocation and economic disruption. Former US Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich says the five trends demanding urgent attention from governments are automation, education, climate change, cyber security and self-governance. And Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on the price of inequality

    • 54 Min.
    The purpose and future of the university (part two)

    The purpose and future of the university (part two)

    The second part of a discussion examining the future of the university in a post-COVID19 world. The university has been an enduring institution, going back nearly a thousand years, but it is confronting a time of massive disruption. How should universities change and adapt to meet the new challenges, without compromising their essential values?

    • 54 Min.
    Negotiating peace

    Negotiating peace

    Should we give up on justice for peace? Peace negotiations often include amnesty clauses for human right crimes. Renee Jeffery explores the moral complexities and political nuances at work in peace talks.

    • 54 Min.
    Loneliness cause and cures

    Loneliness cause and cures

    To fight the Corona virus we’re making the choice to isolate ourselves at home. So it’s going to be a lonely time for some. But loneliness is a problem even when society is firing on all cylinders. Technology gives us more ways to connect so why are we so lonely? How can we build social connections?

    • 54 Min.
    The purpose and future of the university

    The purpose and future of the university

    The world’s first university was founded in Bologna, Italy in 1088. The university has been an enduring institution. But universities are confronting big challenges - and not just COVID19. The world has changed. So how much do universities need to adapt in response? What is their future?

    • 54 Min.

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