Science Festival stars in podcast

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is the focus of the latest Big Idea Podcast.

University academics are appearing in more than 60 events at this year’s festival, which has billed itself as The Ideas Factory.

Two of them join the podcast to talk about their shows and the principals behind them.

Where is my mind?

Dr Peter Lamont, senior lecturer in psychology, discusses his event Thinking Outside The Brain.

He reveals how we think with our bodies and challenges the popular concept that everything about us can be reduced to activity in the brain.

Thinking Outside The Brain

Saturday 11 April 2015, 5.30pm

Saturday 11 April 2015, 7.00pm

Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall

Should we trust scientists?

Dr Alistair Isaac, lecturer in philosophy, is appearing in the provocatively titled show, Should you Trust What You Hear About Science?

He explains the thinking of Enlightenment philosopher Thomas Reid, who challenged the sceptical worldview of his contemporary David Hume. Reid believed that trust was integral for a stable, progressive society.

Should You Trust What You Hear About Science?

Friday 17 April 2015, 5.30pm

Friday 17 April 2015, 7.00pm

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall

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