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Big Ideas - Full program podcast

ABC Radio National

Society & Culture, History

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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How did public debate get so stupid?

February 9th, 2015

Episode 103 of 481 episodes

If you are exasperated by the parlous state of public discourse and debate - in politics, popular culture, or society generally - then you are not alone. Writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane are similarly cranky about ‘the decline of reason’ and the ascendancy of ‘stupid’ ideas.In their new book, A Short History of Stupid, they take aim at anti-scientific thinking, government paternalism, the war on terror, contemporary feminism, and more. Paul Barclay talks to them.

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