We seem to have forgotten how to argue about important things without descending into tribalism, insults, and generally thinking the worst of our opponents. This is no good. We'll never get out of the bitter divisions cleaving society if we don't learn to disagree fruitfully.
In this series, Timandra Harkness explores the best ways to disagree with other people - constructively.
She examines how clashes of interests, competing moral visions, factual disputes, arguments about strategies and even different personal preferences over which film to watch at the cinema can all be managed better.
With the help of a trade union negotiator, an expert on neighbour disputes, and scientists, Timandra examines how best to deal with competing points of view, and – when it comes to personal preferences – asks why we try so hard to find reasons for what we want to do or believe.
And she has a disagreement over the merits of disagreement.
Produced by Martin Rosenbaum.
Timandra Harkness (Author, Reader)
Timandra Harkness is a writer, presenter and comedian who does ‘science comedy’. She presents Radio 4’s series Futureproofing, has presented various documentaries, given a TEDx Talk, and has written a book called Big Data: Does Size Matter? Her comedy show Brainsex toured from 2012-15, and previous show Your Days Are Numbered: The maths of death was a surprise Edinburgh Fringe hit and went on to tour the UK and Australia.