Un­real per­cep­tions

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A His­tory of Delu­sions RA­DIO Ra­dio 4 Sched­uled for Mon­day 3 De­cem­ber

In psy­chi­a­try, the term delu­sion refers to a false idea that a per­son sus­tains de­spite ev­i­dence to the con­trary. This def­i­ni­tion has its roots in 19th-cen­tury France, but the story of delu­sions goes back much fur­ther – think of the way clergy were asked to deal with de­monic pos­ses­sion.

The topic is ex­plored by ex­per­i­men­tal psy­chol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Daniel Free­man over 10 week­day episodes, start­ing with the 14 Napoleons who pre­sented to Paris’s Bicêtre Asy­lum in 1840, the year in which that erst­while em­peror’s body was re­turned to the city.

Tur­bu­lent times: The Long Song is set in Ja­maica at the end of the slave era

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