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Dec 20, 2020

Vision is the best understood sensory domain. But smell is turning out to be wonderfully strange and even more complex than sight.

Dr Ann-Sophie Barwich joins me to explore ideas from her recent book Smellosophy. How is vomit related to parmesan cheese? Why do things smell so different depending on context? And what...


Nov 22, 2020

Despite multi-million dollar research programmes and impressive technical progress, neuroscience still can’t explain basic systems - like a maggot’s tiny brain or the grinding of a lobster’s stomach.

Professor Matthew Cobb joins me to discuss the intellectual history of neuroscience,  his frank assessment of where...


Jan 30, 2020

Could depression be caused by inflammation?  Cambridge psychiatrist Ed Bullmore makes the case for his radical new theory, from his bestselling book The Inflamed Mind.

Here's the breakdown...

6:12 There’s a Cartesian divide in the way we practice medicine.  Professor Bullmore argues that we need to find...