I recently posted a list of some of my favorite science podcasts. Today I want to mention a few recent episodes that I think are worth listening to.
First, on March 8th, the BBC 4 podcast In Our Time did an excellent review of the history of Microbiology. Host Melvyn Bragg is joined by John Dupré , Professor of Philosophy of Science and Director of Egenis, the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, at Exeter University, Anne Glover , Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at Aberdeen University, and Andrew Mendelsohn , Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine at Imperial College, University of London.
Jason Rennie of The Sci Phi Show has a reputation for getting interviews with many diverse people, usually on subjects related to philosophy. This week he posted two episode on the philosophy of science . Outcast #33 is an interview with Steve Fuller about Thomas Kuhn and Sir Karl Popper , who made important contributions to the philospohy of science during the 20th Century. Outcast #34 is a discussion with Dr. Del Ratzsch about the philosophy of science. His viewpoint on the conflict between science and religion is different from mine, but it is still an interesting interview.
Last week on the Brain Science Podcast I interviewed Dr. Stuart Shanker about The First Idea: How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved From Our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans (2004) , which he co-wrote with Dr. Stanley I Greenspan. In particular we talked about his experiences with bonobos , which some scientists feel could be a model for our earliest hominid ancestors.