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Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science.... By nature of its lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bite television norm. The simple, bold concept is a victory of substance over style.

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Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science.... By nature of its lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bite television norm. The simple, bold concept is a victory of substance over style.

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Wow what a fall

By Neil Hampton - Nov 23 2010
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I loved this program, it was winderful until they started including fslse arguments and logicsl fallicies as part of their "fairness of big ideas". My latest example from them would be the idiot named Bhikhu Parakh. I am not a very smart person which is why I listen to this program. This guy(Bhikhu Parakh) is a dunce compared to me, He makes his own evidence and uses the fact that he said something as a validation of is truth. He argues that it's okay to judge/prosecute people only by their beliefs. He argues(that with simplistic logic) it is okay to murder any women who looks at a man ina ny kind of misconstrude manner. Every arguement by rhis guy is very easily addressed with very basic knowledge. I find it disturbing that Itunes would ever consider listening to this monster. It is okay to do and oppress as you believe? No it is not EVER!

An intellectual's espresso

By 2Cmundus - Nov 29 2009
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The depth and variation of Big Ideas is excellent. One week a leading physicist will explore quantum theory, perhaps the next an atheist will argue his perspective on religion. The speakers are always at the top of their field of expertise and nearly always gifted speakers. Each lecture is about an hour, which gives the speaker time to provide ample background and explore the subject. I love these lectures while i fly or work around the house.

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
1
0
1
3

Wow what a fall

By Neil Hampton - Nov 23 2010
Read more
I loved this program, it was winderful until they started including fslse arguments and logicsl fallicies as part of their "fairness of big ideas". My latest example from them would be the idiot named Bhikhu Parakh. I am not a very smart person which is why I listen to this program. This guy(Bhikhu Parakh) is a dunce compared to me, He makes his own evidence and uses the fact that he said something as a validation of is truth. He argues that it's okay to judge/prosecute people only by their beliefs. He argues(that with simplistic logic) it is okay to murder any women who looks at a man ina ny kind of misconstrude manner. Every arguement by rhis guy is very easily addressed with very basic knowledge. I find it disturbing that Itunes would ever consider listening to this monster. It is okay to do and oppress as you believe? No it is not EVER!

An intellectual's espresso

By 2Cmundus - Nov 29 2009
Read more
The depth and variation of Big Ideas is excellent. One week a leading physicist will explore quantum theory, perhaps the next an atheist will argue his perspective on religion. The speakers are always at the top of their field of expertise and nearly always gifted speakers. Each lecture is about an hour, which gives the speaker time to provide ample background and explore the subject. I love these lectures while i fly or work around the house.
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Big Ideas (Video)

Latest release on Sep 07, 2013

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Simon Winchester on his book The Meaning of Everything

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Simon Winchester discusses his book The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Jun 09 2012

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: Marcus Chown on 10 Bonkers Things About the Universe

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Marcus Chown of New Scientist Magazine on his Top 10 Bonkers Things About the Universe

Jul 09 2011

48mins

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Rank #3: Alexander Nehamas -individual character and ideas of beauty

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Big Ideas presents Princeton University professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Alexander Nehamas, on how individual character defines our ideas of what is beautiful

Aug 27 2011

51mins

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Rank #4: Robert Fulford on A World Reconfigured: Politics and Perceptions Since 9-11

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Canadian author, journalist and broadcaster Robert Fulford delivers his 2003 lecture A World Reconfigured: Politics and Perceptions Since 9-11

Jun 06 2009

43mins

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Rank #5: Gaspar Tamas on The Failure of Liberal Democracy

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Hungarian philosopher, Gaspar Tamas,on The Failure of Liberal Democracy in Eastern Europe and Everywhere Else. His lecture was delivered at the Munk School of Global Affairs on September 20, 2011. Tamas is a prolific writer of essays with a wide-ranging and distinguished career in academics and government. He was also a leading figure in the East European dissident movements.

Nov 26 2011

52mins

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Rank #6: Philip Ball Q and A following his lecture on Curiosity

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Philip Ball - Question and Answer session following the lecture based on his book, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything

Jan 05 2013

9mins

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Rank #7: John Ralston Saul on what defines Canada as a nation

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John Ralston Saul argues that Canada is a Metis nation, critically influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas.

May 16 2009

55mins

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Rank #8: Clare Hasenkampf - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Chromosomes Dividing: How It Is Done and Why It Matters

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Clare Hasenkampf from the Biological Sciences department at the University of Toronto Scarborough delivers her competition lecture entitled "Chromosomes Dividing: How It Is Done and Why It Matters".

Mar 22 2009

44mins

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Rank #9: Paul Stevens - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Milton's Satan

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Paul Stevens from the English department at the University of Toronto St. George delivers his competition lecture entitled "Milton's Satan".

Mar 14 2009

44mins

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Rank #10: Nick Mount interviews novelist Sam Lipsyte

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University of Toronto English professor, Nick Mount, in conversation with author Sam Lipsyte. The interview was taped following Mount's lecture on Lipsyte's novel Home Land

Sep 17 2011

20mins

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Rank #11: Stephen Hawking: The Power of Ideas

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Ivan Semeniuk, Chief of Corespondents for Nature leads a discussion centered on the ideas and thoughts of Stephen Hawking. Neil Turok, Julie Payette, Rebecca Saxe and S. James Gates, Jr. cover topics including unfied theory, cosmology and colonization of space.

Sep 21 2011

50mins

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Rank #12: Noam Chomsky on the State-Corporate Complex

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Academic, author and political activist, Noam Chomsky, on the State-Corporate Complex: A Threat to Freedom and Survival. Chomsky's lecture was delivered at the Hart House Great Hall at the University of Toronto on April 7, 2011.

Oct 29 2011

55mins

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Rank #13: Rod Carley - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Adapting Shakespeare within a Modern Canadian Context

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Top ten finalist, Professor Rod Carley, from the Communication Arts department at Canadore College in North Bay is profiled and delivers his competition lecture entitled, Adapting Shakespeare Within a Modern Canadian Context.

Mar 28 2009

44mins

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Rank #14: Merv Mosher - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Statistics: What's the Point?

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Merv Mosher from the Kinesiology and Health Science department at York University in Toronto is profiled and delivers his lecture entitled, Statistics: What's the Point?

Mar 29 2009

44mins

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Rank #15: Paul Steinhardt on Impossible Crystals

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Physicist Paul Steinhardt discusses the creation of "Impossible crystals": quasi-crystals with five-fold symmetry previously believed impossible.

Jun 23 2012

54mins

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Rank #16: John Gray on The Immortalization Commission

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Philosopher and author, John Gray, on The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death. In the late nineteenth century and as a consequence of Darwinism, many thinkers turned to science to solve the riddle of death. Gray explores humankind's dangerous striving toward a scientific version of immortality.

Oct 15 2011

43mins

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Rank #17: Andrei Markovits on European Anti-Americanism

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Big Ideas presents University of Michigan professor, Andrei Markovits, on European Anti-Americanism

Sep 10 2011

1hr 1min

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Rank #18: Bernard-Henry Levy's

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Philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Levy critiques present-day leftist politics for its anti-liberalism, anti-Americanism, and for being soft on radical Islamism.

Apr 18 2009

50mins

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Rank #19: Seth Lloyd on Programming the Universe

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Seth Llyod is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His talk, "Programming the Universe", is about the computational power of atoms, electrons, and elementary particles.

Jul 21 2012

51mins

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Rank #20: The Age of Unequals: An Evening with Richard Wilkinson

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Armine Yalnizyan, Jordan Peterson, and Matthew Mendelsohn join epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson to discuss why equality is better for everyone, the theme of Wilkinson's book, The Spirit Level

Jul 23 2011

37mins

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