Ideas

IDEAS, hosted by Nahlah Ayed, is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Anchored in a powerful legacy and expansive archive spanning over five decades, its topics are boundless. The nature of consciousness. The history of toilets. The roots and rise of authoritarianism. Near death experiences. No idea is off-limits. The show features documentaries, interviews and panel discussions which have earned it a raft of international and national awards and distinctions. It’s also home to Canada’s preeminent public lecture series, the CBC Massey Lectures. In the age of clickbait and superficial headlines, IDEAS is an oasis for people who like to think.

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Episodes

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 1: Magic That Works

Everything we know depends on the knowledge of people who came before us.  In this lecture, Neil Turok explores our understanding of the universal laws of nature, from Pythagoras and the Greek mathematicians to the present day. Many of the fundamental things we once believed to be true – how electricity and magnetism behave, for example – have been turned ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 2: Our Imaginary Reality

Over the course of the 20th century, physicists discovered that the quantum world is qualitatively different than any classical world: nature's basic constituents just don't behave like anything anyone has ever seen in our everyday experience. In this lecture, Neil Turok takes us on a journey through the abstract, mathematical reasoning, built on experimental results, that allowed us to extend ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 3: What Banged?

How did Earth and all the planets and stars and galaxies form? How old is our universe? What "banged" at the moment of the big bang? We have a remarkably successful model of cosmology, but theorists are still asking these questions. We just don't know how the universe emerged from a cosmic singularity – the assumed starting point of the ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 4: The World In An Equation

Over the past century, physicists have compiled a neat, one-line equation that describes how the world works according to all known physics. By combining the contributions of scientists from all different backgrounds and cultures, this ambitious formula seeks to describe the universe's machinations on every scale, from the subatomic to the largest bodies at the edges of space. It's a ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 5: The Opportunity of all Time

Thanks to the incredible pace of technology and the Internet, things are moving faster than ever before. There are advantages to this, but also disadvantages. Instant access to information is transforming the way we work and learn, but the speed of our lives leads to short-term thinking and isolation. Neil Turok says that "we are analog beings living in a ...
  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/19/2013

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