The Seen and the Unseen
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.
The Seen and the Unseen is a joint venture between Amit Varma and Indux Vox Media.
Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He started off in advertising, moved on to television, and has been a journalist since 2001. He was managing editor of Cricinfo for a few years, and has been a columnist for almost every major publication in India, at different times. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Observer and Wisden. His novel My Friend Sancho was the bestselling debut novel of the year in India in 2009. He was also a TED Fellow that year.
Amit won the prestigious Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007 and 2015, becoming the first person to win it twice.
He is best known, however, for his blog India Uncut, probably the most widely read blog in India during its active years between 2003 and 2009. It was mainly for the reach and influence of India Uncut that Business Week magazine, in 2009, named him one of the 50 Most Powerful People in India.