The risks of the everyday

2 minutes

Beware your shower! Why the risks that matter most can be those you notice least

Just how good are humans at assessing risk? If you take a close look at some of what most worries people in the developed world – terrorism, plane crashes, child kidnappings, animal attacks – the answer appears to be ‘not so good’. In this animation from The Royal Institution in London, the US scientist and author Jared Diamond recalls how time spent living with a Papua New Guinea tribe made him reassess how he viewed risk in his everyday life, and led him to scrutinise and re-evaluate his Western views of risk.

Video by the Royal Institution

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Video/Internet & Communication

A classic film on communication finds renewed meaning in the age of memes and emojis

22 minutes

Essay/History

‘Here we are all the same’

The US Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion, but the fight for religious equality was only just beginning

Richard D Brown

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Idea/Politics & Government

Even the ancient Greeks thought their best days were history

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Video/Demography & Migration

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Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable

Livia Gershon

Video/Nature & Environment

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Idea/History

The strange story of inventing the ‘bastard’ in medieval Europe

Sara McDougall