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1 Coping with Trauma Most of us will experience a traumatic event at some point in our lives. Our sense of self and the world may change and we may experience unwanted distressing memories and feel a wide range of negative emotions. Anke Ehlers, Mina Fazel, Morten Kringelbach, Cathy Creswell) 12 May 2021
2 The Microbiome and the Brain An interview with Professor Phil Burnet, who discusses his research into the influence of the gut microbiome on brain health. He talks about novel findings, potential future work, and takes questions from trainee psychiatrists and researchers. Phil Burnet 30 Jan 2017
3 Extracts from Shakespeare, read by Roland Oliver (actor): Richard II Act V, Scene 5; Macbeth Act II, Scene 1; Henry IV Part 2, Act IV, Scene 3 Roland (an actor and alumnus of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) concludes the ‘Shakespeare and the Brain’ event by reading relevant extracts from three of Shakespeare’s plays. Roland Oliver 12 Dec 2016
4 The Hunter Heartbeat Method – Kelly Hunter (actor, director and educator) Kelly gives an outline of some of her work using sensory drama games, using Shakespeare’s works, to interact and play with children with autism. Kelly Hunter 12 Dec 2016
5 Shakespeare, Mind and World – Dr Tom MacFaul (Lecturer in English, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) Tom discusses how Shakespeare’s age thought about thinking. In particular, he looks at the transformative power of thought and the idea in some of Shakespeare’s works that the mind is free to create its own world. Tom MacFaul 12 Dec 2016
6 'Artificial Intelligence' part 2 - How to create machines that learn Professor Nando de Freitas explains that understanding how our brains work has helped us create machines that learn, and how these learning machines can be put to completing different tasks. Nando de Freitas 19 May 2015
7 Creative Commons Was Schubert a musical brain? Prof. Raymond Tallis deepens his argument against the idea that we are our brains. He believes there is a distinction in kind between humans and other animals. This he illustrates by appeal to the differences between the music of Schubert and the singing Raymond Tallis 07 May 2014
8 Creative Commons Spiders, yes, but why cats? Prof.Iain McGilchrist illustrates his argument by appeal to a number of paintings done by psychotic patients. He points to various commonalities between these paintings and speculates on the ways in which they support claims about the two hemispheres and Iain McGilchrist 07 May 2014
9 Creative Commons Am I my mind? Prof. Iain McGilchrist, whilst agreeing with Tallis that we are not our brains argues that we can learn a great deal about our culture by learning more about our brain. In particular we should recognise we have two hemispheres, each with a different funct Iain McGilchrist 07 May 2014
10 Creative Commons Am I my brain? Prof. Raymond Tallis argues that extraordinary claims have been made for neurophysiology. For example it has been said that a person is nothing but his or her brain. Professor Raymond Tallis rejects this ‘neuromania’. He shows why it is attractive, but al Raymond Tallis 07 May 2014
11 Creative Commons Consciousness and Computability Prof. Sir Roger Penrose on the idea of artificial intelligence and whether consciousness can be replicated by a computer - a discussion of new physics which may take us closer to explaining the mind. Roger Penrose, Ankita Anirban 30 Jul 2012
12 Creative Commons Further reading and more... So you've finished this series of podcasts. Find out where to go from here... Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
13 Creative Commons Part 5: Questions and Answers Marianne Talbot presents the last of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, engaging in a questions and answers discussion with the audience. Marianne Talbot 10 Apr 2012
14 Creative Commons Part 4: Are We Asking the Wrong Questions? Marianne Talbot presents the fourth of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, wondering if we are asking the wrong questions? Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
15 Creative Commons Part 3: If Physicalism Won't Work, What is the Alternative? Marianne Talbot presents the third of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on alternatives to Physicalism. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
16 Creative Commons Part 2: Non-Reductive Physicalisms and the Problems they Face Slides to accompany Marianne Talbot's second of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on Non-Reductive Physicalisms and the problems they face. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
17 Creative Commons Part 1: Identity Theory and Why it Won't Work Marianne Talbot presents the first of five episodes of the Romp through the Philosophy of Mind, on Identity Theory and why it won't work. Marianne Talbot 07 Feb 2012
18 Creative Commons Creativity Lecture 1: Soul Dust - the Science and Art of Consciousness Nicholas Humphrey, a theoretical psychologist based in Cambridge, presents his work on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness. Part of the Creativity Lecture Series by the Keble College Advanced Studies Centre. Nicholas Humphrey 23 May 2011
19 Creative Commons 8.4 Persons, Humans and Brains Part 8.4. The final part of this series. Explores the distinction between mind and body and whether this makes a difference to the idea of personal identity. Peter Millican 01 Dec 2010
20 How to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease Part of the 2010 Alumni Weekend. Dr David Smith gives a talk on how to prevent Alzheimer's disease. David Smith 02 Nov 2010
21 Understanding the Mind in Peace Negotiations Jeremy Lack (Lawyer and Mediator, Etude Altenburger Switzerland) / Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield (Institute for the Future of the Mind, Oxford) give a seminar for the Centre for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict with David Rodin. Jeremy Lack, Susan Greenfield, David Rodin 14 Jun 2010
22 Creative Commons 4.4 The Mind-Body Problem Part 4.4. Looks at some of the modern responses to Cartesian Dualism including Gilbert Ryle's and G. Strawson's responses to the idea. Peter Millican 08 Apr 2010
23 Creative Commons 4.3 Cartesian Dualism Part 4.3. Introduces Descartes' idea of dualism, that there is a separation between the mind and the body, as well as some of the philosophical issues surrounding this idea. Peter Millican 08 Apr 2010
24 Consciousness, Language and Nature: Nietzsche's Philosophy of Mind and Nature On the triangulation between consciousness, language and nature in Nietzsche's philosophy and contemporary philosophy of mind and proposes a philosophy of signs and interpretation as a basis for a philosophy of mind, language and nature. Gunter Abel 22 Dec 2009
25 The Universe, the Brain and Second Life Three presentations that explore the possibilities of the virtual world Second Life, the philosophical implications of society’s dependence on the internet and the development of the world’s first private space shuttle. Susan Greenfield, Elon Musk, Philip Rosedale 15 Jun 2009