Professor Geoffrey Hosking FBA examines the role of trust in our financial systems, and argues that we need a fundamental rethink.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in British Academy Review, Issue 11 (July 2008).
Professor Robin Dunbar FBA gave the 2007 Joint British Academy/British Psychological Society Lecture. He argued that the real difference between humans and the great apes lies in our ability to live in the virtual world of the mind. Story-telling plays an important role in social bonding in all human cultures, and it requires us to be able to imagine worlds that do not physically exist. In this edited extract, Professor Dunbar discusses the significance of the human ‘social brain’ and its computational power.
The state of the public finances, which have deteriorated markedly since the onset of the recession, is a major Election issue. It provoked an exchange of letters in the ‘Sunday Times’ and the ‘Financial Times’, leading to media focus on the pace of tightening in the near term. Fellows of the British Academy were signatories on both sides of the debate. The British Academy Forum on ‘The Fiscal Challenge’, held on 4 March 2010,
brought together participants in this debate, as well as other experts, to discuss the nature of the challenge and the response to it. The chairman, Professor Tim Besley FBA, summarises the discussion.
On 16 June 2008 the British Academy held a workshop to discuss the significance of the ‘Governance of Britain’ constitutional reform programme introduced by Gordon Brown shortly after becoming Prime Minister, and the associated ‘Constitutional Renewal’ package produced in March 2008. The meeting was all the more timely because Parliament’s Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill was currently at work. Dr Andrew Blick, who produced a discussion paper for the workshop, highlights some of the issues.