Monday, August 26
CHANGING OUR BODIES - CHANGING OURSELVES
For centuries human beings have been modifying their bodies - tribal
scarification, tattoos and cosmetic surgery are just a few. Today, new
technologies are enabling new body modifications like inserting magnets
in your fingers. But when we change our bodies, do we change who we are?
IDEAS contributor Sheetal Lodhia
explores how changes to the body can effect changes to the sense of self.
Tuesday, August 27 - Thursday, August 29
THE POWER OF COLOUR
, Part 1, 2 & 3
Red is passion and lust, courage and sacrifice. Blue is happy, or sad,
or - in German - drunk. In India, yellow is said to have been made from
the urine of cows, force-fed mango leaves. Cindy Bisaillon
into the history, psychology, art, music and spirituality of colour. She
uncovers the mysteries of the purple tears of sea snails, the vibrant
orange of a Stradivarius violin, and the green that killed Napoleon.
Friday, August 30
In 1417, a Renaissance scribe and book hunter discovered an ancient
manuscript in a monastery. That book was the Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things
. Renowned scholar Stephen Greenblatt
tells us how that discovery changed the world.
Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, August 26MY BROTHER'S - AND MY SISTER'S KEEPER, Part 2
Anything you can do to make someone's life better, you must do. Right?
But how much do you owe to other people, and who should you help: your
family, your neighbours, strangers in far-away-countries? In this
two-part series, philosophers Michael Blake
, Simone Chambers
and Arthur Ripstein
along with IDEAS producer Sara Wolch
, consider the limits and the
extent of our obligations to others, as individuals and as a society.