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John Lloyd on Knowledge

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  • Creativity
  • Behaviour change
  • Social brain

What do we need to know?

The remarkable mind that brought you QI, Blackadder and Spitting Image asks one of the world’s simplest but most significant questions – what do we really need to know? What should we teach our children, and what important information should all adults have at their disposal? Legendary producer John Lloyd turns his curiosity to knowledge itself, and questions whether intelligence is really all it's cracked up to be.

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  • Is Kindness really an appropriate test? Doing what is right may involve doing things that seem deeply unkind to people of different views. To what extent is my determination to be the arbiter of what kindness is, the answer. I have great respect for people who take unpopular decisions that are shown to be right. A contemporary example might be taking PPE off healthcare workers to give to bus drivers. I can hear the shrillness of the outcry, but if you look at the (admittedly early and inadequate) evidence, it's brave, apparently unkind, but probably right. 

    It seems to me that the subordination of ego is a better test. Can I put myself last, can I serve? It's an unfashionable notion in a world of personal brands, but I suggest it has a timelessness.

  • It's children's mental health week.

     I am head of a secondary school near Reading and we are focusing on acts of kindness. This short is great for assembly!

    Thanks

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    What should we teach our children, and what important information should all adults have at their disposal? Legendary QI producer John Lloyd turns his curiosity to knowledge itself, and questions whether intelligence is really all it's cracked up to be.