Are you ignorant about the pandemic?


In this podcast, Professor Renata Salecl discusses her new book, 'A Passion for Ignorance: What We Choose Not to Know and Why', with Dr Raj Persaud, examining the human tendency to ignore what is inconvenient or traumatic. They also consider the relationship between ignorance and psychotherapy, and question whether ignorance is in fact the central problem at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Date published: 23 October 2020

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Renata Salecl

Audio running time: 52 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the concept of 'wilful ignorance'


  • the relationship between ignorance and psychotherapy


  • how widespread ignorance has affected our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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