Ideas of power at the BBC

I’m enjoying The Ideas That Make Us programmes on BBC Radio 4, though struck again (like the series on Noise) by how they are shaped by a materialism and power agenda.

So, concludes Bettany Hughes in prog 1, ideas are born in our synapses. Is that so obvious – how an idea might spring from an electro-chemical exchange? Why isn’t that questioned?

Or in prog 2, she thinks about fame as desirable because it allows for the successful exercise of power. Maybe fame is a misdirected longing for the eternal – which is what I think Plato thought.

Maybe the agenda will shift as the series progresses…

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