Big Idea Podcast looks at perception

How do we see ourselves and each other? How does the look of the places we live and the clothes we wear affect us? This month’s Big Idea Podcast tackles the slippery nature of image and perception.

The podcast, called Mirror, Mirror, is now available to download for free from iTunesU.

Mirror, Mirror

Experts from the University discuss issues around image, ranging from how fashion can change how we see ourselves and others, to a robust argument that Edinburgh’s urban landscape, far from being a glorious and prosperous architectural wonderland, actually says that this is a city in decline.

The podcast will also look at the mysterious ways in which our brains construct our sense of reality, and why seeing is not always believing.


On this month’s show are: Mal Burkinshaw, programme leader in fashion at Edinburgh College of Art, who talks about the upcoming ECA Fashion Show (April 25-26) and the power of fashion; Dr David Carmel, neuroscientist from Psychology, who discusses how our brains construct reality; and Richard Williams, professor of contemporary visual cultures, who talks about his recent article for Foreign Policy magazine about Edinburgh’s urban malaise.

The Big Idea Podcast

Every month this podcast assembles the University’s best and brightest academics to discuss their research, debate contemporary events, and bring their expertise to bear on topical issues.

You can listen to the previous two podcasts, which looked at Scottish independence and the different ways we tell stories, online now.

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The Big Idea Podcast is available to download now for free from iTunes and iTunes U.

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