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Episode #55 with Special Guest Andy Martin
For episode 55 we are joined by writer and academic Dr Andy Martin. Andy is a regular contributor to a variety of newspapers and has written a number of books, including an excellent account of the relationship between Camus and Sartre (The Boxer and the Beekeeper). His latest book is Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me, and is ostensibly about the creative process. A man with a wide range of interests and experience, we have an unusually informal chat about all...
Episode #30 with Special Guest Oren Harman
In this episode we are joined by another special guest, Professor Oren Harman. Professor Harman is amongst other things, author of the award winning book "The Price of Altruism", and joins us to discuss the fantastic (and ultimately sorry) tale of George Price. Along with George Price's contribution to the study of altruism, we also briefly discuss Professor Harman's take on existentialism. You can find his TED talk here (covering much the same material):...
In this episode we begin to chat about a topic close to Matthew Smith's heart: Positive Psychology. This is a topic we're going to be digging into with several upcoming guests, and one that we'll keep coming back to. What is it? Is it science? Can it improve people's lives?
Episode #23 with Special Guest Peter Hankins
In this episode we are joined by another guest, Peter Hankins, author of the excellent blog Conscious Entities (http://www.consciousentities.com/). Peter gives us his take on some of the mysteries of consciousness, and we have a little chat about the hard and soft problems. (Duration 12:15)
Light from the Sun; photons; the two ways people react to facts; the drunkard's walk; random processes. (Duration 11:38)
In which we have a conversation about god and the existence thereof, and about why the universe exists, amongst other things. (Duration 26:28)