In Search Of Eden

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Cursed Is The Ground20160908

What really happened when we ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Bristol University, has had a lifelong fascination with the story of the Garden of Eden. He first heard it in the Herefordshire church where his father was the vicar. Now, he investigates how knowledge has changed us, and whether the Eden story contains within it a nostalgic longing for our simpler, hunter-gathering past.

In episode four, Paul looks at the links between knowledge and conflict, and visits the Talheim death pit in Germany, perhaps the earliest evidence of organized violence to have been found in Europe.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Cursed Is The Ground20160908

What really happened when we ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Bristol University, has had a lifelong fascination with the story of the Garden of Eden. He first heard it in the Herefordshire church where his father was the vicar. Now, he investigates how knowledge has changed us, and whether the Eden story contains within it a nostalgic longing for our simpler, hunter-gathering past.

In episode four, Paul looks at the links between knowledge and conflict, and visits the Talheim death pit in Germany, perhaps the earliest evidence of organized violence to have been found in Europe.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Digital Eden20160909

What really happened when we ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Bristol University, has had a lifelong fascination with the story of the Garden of Eden. He first heard it in the Herefordshire church where his father was the vicar. Now, he investigates how knowledge has changed us, and whether the Eden story contains within it a nostalgic longing for our simpler, hunter-gathering past.

In the final episode, Paul arrives in the digital age and asks if it is taking us further from Eden than ever. He visits Stuttgart University to talk to Niels Henze who is researching how we can cope with the onslaught of notifications from our various screens and devices...with more devices. And in his last street experiment, Paul puts on a Google t-shirt to see what effect it has on people taking his general knowledge challenge.

Digital Eden20160909

What really happened when we ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Bristol University, has had a lifelong fascination with the story of the Garden of Eden. He first heard it in the Herefordshire church where his father was the vicar. Now, he investigates how knowledge has changed us, and whether the Eden story contains within it a nostalgic longing for our simpler, hunter-gathering past.

In the final episode, Paul arrives in the digital age and asks if it is taking us further from Eden than ever. He visits Stuttgart University to talk to Niels Henze who is researching how we can cope with the onslaught of notifications from our various screens and devices...with more devices. And in his last street experiment, Paul puts on a Google t-shirt to see what effect it has on people taking his general knowledge challenge.

Every Beast Of The Field20160906

What really happened when we ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Bristol University, has had a lifelong fascination with the story of the Garden of Eden. He first heard it in the Herefordshire church where his father was the vicar. Now, he investigates how knowledge has changed us, and whether the Eden story contains within it a nostalgic longing for our simpler, hunter-gathering past.

In episode two, Paul visits Chauvet cave in the Ardeche region of southern France, to get a sense of the relationship that hunter-gatherers had with nature. Fiona Coward from Bournemouth University discusses the shift to farming and the development of a material culture that helped larger societies bind together. And to experience material culture first hand, Paul dresses as a rabbit and hands out leaflets in Hereford city centre.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Every Beast Of The Field20160906

What really happened when we ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Bristol University, has had a lifelong fascination with the story of the Garden of Eden. He first heard it in the Herefordshire church where his father was the vicar. Now, he investigates how knowledge has changed us, and whether the Eden story contains within it a nostalgic longing for our simpler, hunter-gathering past.

In episode two, Paul visits Chauvet cave in the Ardeche region of southern France, to get a sense of the relationship that hunter-gatherers had with nature. Fiona Coward from Bournemouth University discusses the shift to farming and the development of a material culture that helped larger societies bind together. And to experience material culture first hand, Paul dresses as a rabbit and hands out leaflets in Hereford city centre.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

The Flaming Sword20160907

What really happened when we ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Bristol University, has had a lifelong fascination with the story of the Garden of Eden. He first heard it in the Herefordshire church where his father was the vicar. Now, he investigates how knowledge has changed us, and whether the Eden story contains within it a nostalgic longing for our simpler, hunter-gathering past.

In episode three, he visits the archaeological dig at Catalhoyuk in Turkey, where he sees a thousand years of technological development exposed in the soil. And he finds out what we lose when we learn to read and to count.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

The Flaming Sword20160907

What really happened when we ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Bristol University, has had a lifelong fascination with the story of the Garden of Eden. He first heard it in the Herefordshire church where his father was the vicar. Now, he investigates how knowledge has changed us, and whether the Eden story contains within it a nostalgic longing for our simpler, hunter-gathering past.

In episode three, he visits the archaeological dig at Catalhoyuk in Turkey, where he sees a thousand years of technological development exposed in the soil. And he finds out what we lose when we learn to read and to count.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.