The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma
About This Show
This weekly podcast takes its title from Frédéric Bastiat’s famous essay, ‘That which is seen and that which is unseen'. In his essay, Bastiat uses the example of what later came to be known as the "Broken Window Fallacy", and pointed out that to evaluate the consequences of any action, we need to look at both its seen effects, which are often the rationale behind the action, and its unseen effects, which include unintended consequences and ripple effects.
Every week our host Amit Varma will examine the world through the lens of the Unseen. He will tackle subjects such as economics, neuroscience and behavioural psychology, and examine both public policy and private action. Each show will feature guests who are experts in the subject under discussion: economists, legal experts, scientists and media commentators.
A new episode of The Seen and the Unseen will be released every Monday.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 77: Education in India
3 days ago
According to education scholar and activist Amit Chandra, education in India is a fraud committed on the people of this country by the state. He joins Amit Varma in episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why. Also check out: The Profit Motive in Education: Episode 9 of The Seen and the Unseen (http://www.seenunseen.in/episodes/2017/3/13/episode-9-the-profit-motive-in-education) The Right to Screw up Education: Episode 19 of The Seen and the Unseen (https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-seen-and-the-unseen/1462/right-screw-education/) Data on School Closures (http://nisaindia.org/data-on-school-closures) Our Unlucky Children -- Amit Varma (Jan 2008)(http://indiauncut.com/iublog/article/our-unlucky-children/) Annual Status of Education (ASER) Report 2017 (http://www.asercentre.org/Keywords/p/315.html) The Aggregate Effect of School Choice -- Karthik Muralidharan & Venkatesh Sundararaman (https://academic.oup.com/qje/article/130/3/1011/1931887) A political economy of education in India: The case of UP -- Geeta Kingdon & Mohd. Muzammil (http://ceid.educ.cam.ac.uk/publications/OPI_KingdonMuzammil20081.pdf) Teacher Absence in India: A Snapshot (https://academic.oup.com/jeea/article-abstract/3/2-3/658/2281517?redirectedFrom=fulltext)Read more »