How much do we really want to know when it comes to our own bodies? Does knowledge have a different value in sickness than it does in health? Sociologist, psychoanalyst and author of A Passion for Ignorance Renata Salecl argues that sometimes the wisest choice could be to know nothing.
Part 1: To Know or Not to Know
Everything about us, from genetic predispositions to intelligence, can be translated into data. Salecl examines the issues around our knowledge of our own bodies.
Part 2: Denial and Ignorance in Medicine
When faced with a grim diagnosis, might denial be an important step on the path to recovery? Salecl makes the case for separating how we feel from what we know.