Radio Four

Radio 4 this morning featured an over-excited guest telling us, uninterrupted, that MRI technology now enables us `to see thoughts pinging around our heads.’ This is a bit like saying that a scan of Alfred Brendel’s upper-body musculature would enable us `to see his music pinging around’.

An hour later, Mug-it-up Melvyn Bragg brusquely silenced a guest on his programme for suggesting that in order to read Smith’s `Wealth of Nations’ with any real understanding, we had to take account of the historical contexts in which it was written.

BBC Radio Four: the thinking man’s casket.