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The Sacred #20: Timandra Harkness

The Sacred #20: Timandra Harkness

In the 20th episode of The Sacred, Elizabeth speaks to Timandra Harkness – journalist, comedian and regular contributor on BBC Radio 4. 15/08/18

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Timandra Harkness is a journalist, comedian and statistician. She is a regular on BBC Radio 4, writing and presenting How To Disagree, a beginner’s guide to having better arguments and FutureProofing, a series looking at the social impact of new big ideas. She also presents documentaries such as Data, Data Everywhere and Personality Politics, and was resident reporter on social psychology series The Human Zoo.

In this episode, she talks to Elizabeth about her childhood, why its important to hear ideas you don’t like so that yours are better informed, and why she chose to study mathematics and statistics as a way of finding out answers to life’s bigger questions. She also talks about Artificial Intelligence, and why it’s no replacement for human enquiry and empathy.

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Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth is host of The Sacred podcast. She was Theos’ Director from August 2011 – July 2021. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, and writing in The Financial Times.

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Posted 15 August 2018

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