The NHS Saved My Life

June 1, 2018

Ray Noble tells how the NHS saved his life and considers the benefits of the British National Health Serivice.  He argues why markets alone are insufficient to meet needs.  The NHS is already being adversely affected by Brexit with worstenng staff shortages leading to delays and longer waiting lists. The NHS has been starved of adequate finding, and public service provision has been blighted by an eroneous faith in markets as a miraculous solution to meeting needs. 


Why I can’t be cloned

January 25, 2018

With news of monkeys being cloned in a Chinese laboratory, Ray Noble considers whether it is possible to clone a given human being.  


We are not in our genes

January 23, 2018

We hear often the phrase 'in the genes'. But we are not in our genes.  Our attributes are often considered to be partitioned between genetic and environement.  But this is a false dichotomy.  Ray Noble considers what makes us who we are. 


Dialogue with Samuel Shem - House of God Revisited

January 19, 2018

Ray Noble talks to Samuel Shem, the acclaimed author of The House of God. The House of God, published in 1978, has in many ways become a cult book in the medical profession. It follows a group of medical interns at Beth Israel Hospital over the course of a year in the early 1970s, focusing on the psychological harm and dehumanization caused by their residency training.  For this dialogue we took the opportunity to catch up with Samuel Shem when he visited Oxford last year.  We hope to have a more extensive interview with Samuel Shem in the near future. 


Spinning The Wheels of Thinking Part Two

January 18, 2018

In this second part of a two part series, Denis and Ray Noble continue their discussion about the nature of thinking.  


Spinning The Wheels of Thinking Part One

January 18, 2018

On location in the Perigord with noise of  cockerels in the background, Denis Noble discusses with Ray Noble ideas about thinking. They start by considering the problems of dualist logic.   


Imagine Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit

June 28, 2017

With negotations underway Ray Noble considers  the reality of Brexit. The phony war is over. The truth is understood. Brexit isn't good. It isn't good for the economy, for jobs, for health and social care, for research, for fighting climate change, and so the negotiations now turn on how to ameliorate the harm it will do.


The Cry of the Wolf - Apes, culture and intentions

June 25, 2017

We are not alone in having a sense of fairness and justice. It is present in other cooperative mammals.  In this episode of The Thin End Ray Noble considers intentions and purposive behaviour in wolves, apes and humans and its ethical consequences. 


Lynn Margulis - The Vindicated Rebel

May 5, 2017

The Thin End discusses the work and influence of the evolutionaly biologist Lynn Margulis with Jim MacAillister, archivist for the Lynn Margulis Archive at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Jim was a student and colleague of Lynn Margulis for the last decade of her life and converted her teaching materials and research video library to digital files.  Here he shares some of his insights into the life and work of an extraordinary scientist and scholar.  


Dialogue with Perry Marshall

April 13, 2017

Perry Marshall discusses with the Thin End his jouney of discovery and the background to writing his book Evolution 2.0.