Halloween's dark side explored

Why do stories of ghosts and time travel persist in an age of reason and logic? These uncanny subjects come under the spotlight in the latest, Halloween-themed, Big Idea podcast.

The sixth in the series of University of Edinburgh podcasts is called The Twlight Zone and is now available to download for free from iTunesU.

Things that go bump in the night

On this month’s show experts from the University will consider the dark side. As Halloween approaches they look at ghost stories from the Enlightenment, a time of cold hard reason, share tales of time travelling bloggers, and asks what science and religion has to say about the supernatural.


The academics on this month’s show include

  • Martha McGill from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, who has organised Ghost Stories of the Scottish Enlightenment, to be held in the spooky surroundings of the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Halloween evening.
  • Dr Mark Harris, lecturer in Science and Religion in the School of Divinity. A trained physicist and ordained church minister, Mark regularly blogs about science and belief on the University’s website.
  • Dr Alasdair Richmond, from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, who teaches, among other subjects, the philosophy of time travel.

Related Links

The Big Idea on iTunesU

Ghost Stories of the Scottish Enlightenment

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology

The Science and Religion blog

Study Science and Religion

Study Philosophy