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.
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.
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.
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.
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.