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Revolutionary movements and the gift of attention

February 17th, 2015

Episode 108 of 452 episodes

Between Mao and Gandhi. Recent research suggests that non-violent movements are more than twice as effective in achieving their goals as violent ones. So why do some revolutionary movements decide to take up arms? And in the second part of the program we look at the elusive gift of attention... why is it that we sometimes get so easily distracted; while at other times we are so focused on a task that we don’t notice our surroundings?

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