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The Age of Unreason: what happens when emotions trump facts?

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Join BBC Radio 4’s FutureProofing series presenter Timandra Harkness and special guests for an exploration of science and censorship at The Royal Institution, to celebrate Index on Censorship's autumn issue The Age of Unreason.

Using footage of real-life debates in the past and present day, Timandra Harkness and the team will run a short workshop with the audience on how to have better arguments in an age of unreason.

There will also be a short panel discussion afterwards exploring science and censorship in the current global climate, asking urgent questions such as: are we now living in a world where reason is trumped by emotion and where scientific research is dismissed because it doesn't fit with the public's gut feelings? What happens when powerful people like President Trump and Philippines President Duterte embrace falsehoods and decry facts as fiction? And do we just need to argue differently and learn how to persuade?

Magazine editor Rachael Jolley will introduce the event with an overview of the autumn issue which includes an interview with BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davis about whether the world puts up with more bullshit, an exclusive short story from Ian Rankin, a report on why Charles Darwin is being removed from Turkish textbooks and interviews with Hungarian scientists worrying about increasing government interference.

With thanks to The Royal Institution and SAGE Publishing.

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