Oral history of British science

Humphrey, Nicholas (10 of 13).  An Oral History of British Science

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  • Subjects

    Science and Religion

  • Recording date

    2016-05-24, 2016-05-31, 2016-06-02, 2016-07-05

  • Recording locations

    The British Library and interviewees' home, Cambridge

  • Interviewees

    Humphrey, Nicholas, 1943- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 10: Further comments on DEP, UOC at time of own degree/PhD, including stories of lecturers Alice Heim and William Hick and story of suicide of librarian. Comments on experience of contrast between SDAB and departments of psychology. [7:13] Positive comments on work of 'New Atheists'. Comments on own allied work in giving of Oxford Amnesty Lecture 'What Shall We Tell the Children?' and writing of 'Leaps of Faith' [1996], including chapter on Jesus as a conjurer (with stories of observing/meeting 'mini Gellers' and Uri Geller); own "gentler" more forgiving critique of religion than that deployed by 'New Atheists'; conversations with DD concerning presentation of atheism; tendency not to have been involved in public debates on science and religion. Story of 'Leaps of Faith' not being sent out for review before publication. [25:44] Comments on reviews of/responses to 'Leaps of Faith' by members of psychical research and Christian communities, including Christian journalists Andrew Brown and Mark Vernon. Story of debate on miracles at 'HowTheLightGetsIn' festival featuring self, RS and Bishop of Oxford. [31:33] Story of making BBC television programme 'The Family that Walks on All Fours', broadcast in 2006.

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    Life story interview with Professor of Psychology Dr Nicholas Humphrey

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