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.
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.
Saturday 11 April 2015, 5.30pm
Saturday 11 April 2015, 7.00pm
Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
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.
Friday 17 April 2015, 5.30pm
Friday 17 April 2015, 7.00pm
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
The Big Idea Podcast is a monthly show featuring academics discussing contemporary issues and sharing their research and expertise.
As well as being an accessible way for the public to hear about the University’s work, the Big Idea is also a forum for academics to meet colleagues from different areas, share ideas, and gain media training in a studio setting.
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