Oral history of British science
Humphrey, Nicholas (6 of 13). An Oral History of British Science
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2016-05-24, 2016-05-31, 2016-06-02, 2016-07-05
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Humphrey, Nicholas, 1943- (speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 6: Continues positive comments on relations with/abilities and character of DD, with related stories. [Section closed from 1:41 to 4:34] [5:19] Comments on relations with Jeremy Cherfas, including own view of his move out of academic science into journalism. [7:14] Story of origin and development of friendship with Rupert Sheldrake [RS] (with comments on friendship with Tim Hunt at UOC), including view of aspects his research and writing. Brief story of Richard Dawkins' [RD] refusal to write a blurb for own book 'Leaps of Faith'  because of its positive reference to RS. Comments on RS' periods of homosexuality, Christianity; RS' criticisms of science. Brief story of introducing RD to RS. [15:42] Comments on relations with RD, including positive view of book 'The Selfish Gene' , overlap of interests in public comment on religion. Story of video recorded conversation between RD and self concerning the placebo effect/alternative medicine. Comments on RD's positive view of own Oxford Amnesty Lecture 'What Shall We Tell the Children?' quoted from at length in his 'The God Delusion' ; differences between own and RD's view of religion; positive view of RD's campaign against religion in principle; positive view of perceived decline in supernatural belief in the West. Story of listening to recorded conversation between RD and young priest. Mentions recent public conversation with RD concerning publication of second volume of his autobiography.
Life story interview with Professor of Psychology Dr Nicholas Humphrey