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Celebrating Thinking 2-30 March 2010

 

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2 March 6 pm: Is thinking really good for us?

Featuring Kevin Mitchell; Maeve Cooke: Mary Corcoran and Myles Dungan.

Does a lively public culture of thinking make for a better society? Why we do celebrate our writers, artists, musicians, sporting personalities but not the achievements of our thinkers? Is critical thinking the great casualty of our educational system? Do we need more thinkers in public life? Is the unexamined life really that bad?

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9 March 6 pm: What's wrong with dumbing down? 

Featuring Olivia O'leary; Gavan Titley; Alan Gilsenan; Sheila Greene and Paul Drury.

Is there a relentless race to the bottom in the media and in Irish public life? Is there a continuous appeal to the lowest common denominator so that anything which is difficult, complex or unsettling is studiously avoided? Is the instantaneous soundbite culture hostile to any form of deep or searching analysis? Is the cult of the celebrity the ultimate triumph of style over substance?

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23 March 6 pm: The Decline of intimacy

Featuring Karlin Lillington; Kieran Keohane; Emily O'Reilly; Marie Murray and Caroline Fennell

From the prevalence of reality TV to widespread forms of surveillance, it seems that nothing much is secret anymore. Is this a good thing? Is the right to privacy or intimacy a fundamental value that needs to be protected? Is the quality of inner lives being permanently damaged by endless public exposure?

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30 March 6 pm: Are Small Nations Small-minded?

Featuring Luke O'Neill; Tom Arnold; Richard English; Doireann NĂ­ Bhriain and Ivana Bacik.

Do small nations engage in too much navel gazing? Do they remain obsessed with local concerns and fail to engage with the wider world of ideas? Do they need to radically change the way they think about themselves or to talk to others to have a fuller engagement with the world?

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