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De podcast met de laatste inzichten uit de wetenschap. Voor wie de wereld wil begrijpen en het genuanceerde verhaal niet schuwt.

    Hoe kunnen we big data inzetten voor duurzaamheid?

    Hoe kunnen we big data inzetten voor duurzaamheid?

    Er ligt een dikke laag data over de stad. Via camera’s, sensoren en de informatie die we via onze telefoons delen, weten overheden en bedrijven steeds meer over hoe het er in de stad aan toegaat. Volgens digitale utopisten biedt die groeiende datahoop een ultieme kans om de samenleving te verduurzamen. Hoogleraar publieke innovatie Albert Meijer spreekt over de mogelijkheden van de slimme stad als duurzame stad, maar ook over de schaduwkanten van deze ontwikkeling. Hoe democratisch is de manier waarop data gebruikt wordt?

    • 49 min.
    The science of superheroes

    The science of superheroes

    For the past few decades, superheroes have dominated American popular culture. Their powers push the boundaries of what is scientifically possible. Physicist Barry Fitzgerald studies how realistic superhero movies are. Guess what? We might be closer to having actual superpowers than ever before. Think about Spider Man’s web shooters or Iron Man’s highly advanced exoskeleton: scientific research shows that they may be part of our future. What does the integration of superpowers mean for modern society?

    • 32 min.
    Why is better data essential for gender equality?

    Why is better data essential for gender equality?

    In the past few years, the public debate about the position of women in society has regained momentum. #MeToo has helped raise awareness of sexual violence against women, and more and more people are speaking up about the worldwide gender pay gap. Gender equality is on the map. But progress is slow. According to historian Sarah Carmichael we need more reliable data to be able to better measure progress, and develop better policies. How will this help create a better future for women and girls around the world?

    • 50 min.
    Does the orientalist mindset still exist?

    Does the orientalist mindset still exist?

    It’s been four decades since the publication of Orientalism, Edward Said’s highly influential and controversial study of colonialism. In his book he reveals the history of how politicians, scientists, writers and artists in the West produced a particular way of thinking about Eastern societies. They presented them as primitive, inferior to the West, and in desperate need of control. Islamic studies scholar Joas Wagemakers talks about the book’s lasting influence. Does the orientalist mindset still exist?

    • 55 min.
    How the Left embraced neoliberalism

    How the Left embraced neoliberalism

    If you ask people on the political left what’s wrong with society, they will probably mention the word neoliberalism at one point. The term refers to the politics of free markets, financialization and privatization that has dominated the world for about forty years now. Usually right-wing politicians like Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan are blamed for its rise. But sociologist Stephanie Mudge tells a different story. According to her, the Left embraced neoliberalism as well, turning their backs on their working-class supporters. How did this transformation happen?

    • 1 u. 1 min.
    Why we are not as reasonable as we think

    Why we are not as reasonable as we think

    We like to think of ourselves as open-minded, reasonable and realistic people. But evidence from history, psychology and philosophy suggests that we are probably deluding ourselves. Our thinking is heavily influenced by intellectual vices like closed-mindedness, overconfidence, wishful thinking, stupidity and prejudice. Philosopher Quassim Cassam talks about these vices and the role they’ve played in recent political events. What are they, what’s so bad about them, and what can we do to control them?

    • 40 min.

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