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Dec 1, 2019

‘Qualia’, the subjective qualities of experience, are the bedrock of some theories of consciousness - but they are a fiction according to my guest in this episode. With great charm and passion, Keith Frankish makes the case for ‘illusionism’.

0:54 We kick off chatting about Keith’s humorous definition of a...

Oct 27, 2019

Joseph LeDoux is a celebrated neuroscientist whose latest book is a work of quite staggering ambition - it traces the ‘Four Billion Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains’. He reveals the profound similarities between us and bacteria, as well as offering a brilliant, overarching account of what makes us unique in...

Sep 15, 2019

Patricia Churchland is the queen of neurophilosophy. She’s on fine form in this interview - charming, funny and occasionally savage as we range over her views on the nature of philosophy, the neuroscience and evolution of morality, and consider what’s wrong with the two major ethical traditions in western thought:...

Mar 15, 2019

Do men and women have different brains? Jordan Peterson and the Google memo guy are pretty sure they do. Different chromosomes, different hormones = different brains. Right?

Professor Gina Rippon disagrees. Biology, she argues, is not destiny and evidence of differences has been drastically overstated.

For her efforts...

Are psychiatric conditions really biological? A psychologist and a neurogeneticist offer conflicting views

Feb 27, 2019

Are psychiatric conditions really biological? Or should they be understood as fundamentally psychological problems with social causes?

It’s a vexed topic which got very different responses from two of my guests on NOUSThe clinical psychologist Lucy Johnstone is well-known as a savage critic of mainstream psychiatry....