Brain Science Podcast: Do Emotions Make Us Smarter?

by Dylan Evans Emotion: The Science of Sentiment by Dylan Evans is the featured book for this episode...

Both Sides Of The Paranormal Debate?

Personally I have very little interest in the paranormal or parapsychology, but I have to commend...

Brain Science Podcast Explores Neuroplasticity

In this week's episode we explore the recent research that has established, contrary to long-standing...

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I am an emergency physician with a long-standing interest in neuroscience. I also enjoy reading about other scientific disciplines.

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On the latest episode (#14, posted on 3/23/07) of Futures in Biotech, host Marc Pelletier talks with the founder and scientists from the Myelin Repair Foundation. The MRF is pioneering a new collaborative form of research aimed at developing treatments for multiple sclerosis, which is a disease where the myelin insulation of neurons is destroyed in an intermittent and unpredictable manner.

Quantum mechanics can't explain consciousness and I am going to explore why.

The reason I bring this up is that many people seem to be worried that the mounting evidence that the brain generates the mind implies that free will can not exist. Of course, most of us feel strongly that we do have free will. Various arguments are put forth to "save" free will. (I am not going to tackle the claim that it needs saving in this post.) One recent approach has been to use the uncertainty inherent in quantum mechanics as a potential location for free will. John Searle has observed that this only gives us randomness, not free will, but that doesn't seem to reduce the appeal of such an approach.

On the latest episode of my podcast, Books and Ideas , I talk with Lee M Silver about his recent book,Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life. We discuss the confrontation of Faith and Biotechnology. His book is an in depth anaylsis of some of the key issues such as embryonic stem cell research and genetic engineering (including the genetic modification of crops).

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.

Ever since the logical positivists in the early 20th century, there has been a debate over whether science has made metaphysics obsolete. Is science all we need to describe and understand the ultimate meaning of reality? Even those who consider themselves philosophers of science can't agree on the answer to this question.