Where do your opinions come from?
Do we ‘think’ our world views, or ‘feel’ them? And what do our beliefs mean for politics and society?
In each episode of On Opinion, Turi Munthe asks thought leaders to share their perspectives on why we think what we think and what it means for the world today, discussing everything from the war on truth to how to argue with people you can’t abide.
We’re in the Age of Opinion - but do we understand what opinions really are?
On Opinion asks:
- What is an opinion?
- Why do we think the way we do?
- What does that mean for society?
- And how can we learn to talk to each other.
These aren’t idle academic questions today. Understanding how we form our beliefs - the role of culture, inheritance, brute evolution - helps us humanise those we disagree with.
As we face today’s key questions - climate change, inequality, automation, and the rise of authoritarian populism on left and right - On Opinion asks how we can learn to listen to opinions that we detest, so that we can tackle our challenges together.
On Opinion will be talking to experts from around the world and across the political spectrum.
From Philosophy and Psychology, through Evolution, Media Studies and Mediation work, we’ll be asking: why do we hold our beliefs, and how can we talk to those we disagree with.
On Opinion is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.
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Why we Believe with Michael Shermer
Infodemiology with Jens Koed Madsen
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Polarisation on the Couch with Alex Evans
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The Neuroscience of Dehumanisation with Lasana Harris
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The Evolution of Cooperation with Nichola Raihani
The Journal of Controversial Ideas with Francesca Minerva
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Political Predisposition with John Hibbing
Generational Politics with Bobby Duffy
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How our Tribes Fail Us with James Mumford
How to Talk with Extremists with Gabrielle Rifkind
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