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Podcasts & Videos

Over the last couple of years I have given several talks and presented events that have been recorded, either as audio only in a podcast format, or as a video.

Below I have embedded these recordings for you to listen to or watch. Some of these were part of larger series; in those cases I have linked to the playlists featuring the other contributions.

“Dear John”: The Kin Selection Controversy.

Live recording of my performance with Neal Craig at the British Library from March 2019.

This was a stand-alone event, not part of any series. It was, however, the second time we performed it – the first event had been sold out in May 2018. That and the overwhelmingly positive feedback made the decision to repeat it in a bigger venue easy!

Evolutionist Maynard Smith on Science and Religion.

My article “The most bogus ideas…”: science, religion and creationism in the John Maynard Smith Archive is based on this talk, so do go ahead and read it for more a more extended and in-depth discussion of the issues ❗

Hiding behind this rather descriptive title is a talk I gave as part of the British Library’s “Feed the Mind” series. These lunchtime talks are organised by the Research Development team to explore and showcase the diversity of collaborative research taking place at the British Library. 

Resident researchers and collaborative doctoral students – as I was at the time – reveal their encounters with unusual and fascinating material in the collections and discuss how these discoveries have informed their research. The audience is invited to ask questions and to discuss the themes over the provided tea, coffee and cake.

The podcast was recorded on 12 November 2018. Others from the series are available on the Library’s SoundCloud.

Astbury Camera, or ‘From Dark Satanic Mills to DNA’ – with Dr Kersten Hall.

This was Lecture 11 in the University of Leeds’ “History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects” lecture series. Dr Kersten Hall and I delivered it at the University on the evening of 24 January 2017.

The aim of this lecture series was to use 20 objects of the University’s Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) to address and answer the following questions:

  • What is the history and philosophy of science?
  • What can it tell us about the way we see ourselves and the world around us?
  • How can objects help us to understand what science is, and has been in the past?

Between January 2016 and December 2017, the Museum organised these lectures, assuming no prior knowledge of HSTM in their public audience. The lecturers were staff and postgraduate students of the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science; each lecture was recorded and made available both on YouTube and the Museum’s website, where it is also accompanied by a blog.

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