What if, by exploding our illusion of control, we can make better decisions and live happy, fulfilling lives?
Myth-shattering social scientist Brian Klaas joins us for a deep-dive into the phenomenon of randomness, unpicking our neat and tidy storybook version of events to reveal a reality far wilder and more fascinating than we have dared to consider. The bewildering truth is that but for a few incidental changes, our lives – and our societies – would be radically different.
Offering an entirely new perspective, he will explore how our world really works, driven by strange interactions and random events. How much difference does our decision to hit the snooze button make? Did one couple’s vacation really change the course of the twentieth century? What are the smallest accidents that have tilted the course of history itself?
The mind-bending lessons of this phenomenon challenge our beliefs about the very workings of the world. From the evolution of human biology and natural disasters to the impact of global events on supply chain disruptions, every detail matters because of the web of connectivity that envelops us.
Brian Klaas is an American political scientist and contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is an associate professor in global politics at University College London. He is the author of Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us. He is also the co-author of How to Rig an Election.
Justin Webb is a British journalist who has worked for the BBC since 1984. Since August 2009, he has co-presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, and also regularly writes for the Radio Times.