Oral history of British science

Humphrey, Nicholas (11 of 13).  An Oral History of British Science

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:15:44

  • Shelf mark

    C1672/21

  • 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 11: Comments on response to film 'The Family that Walks on All Fours', including stories of investigation of reports of similar families. [4:13] Story of making BBC television programme 'Placebo: Cracking the Code', broadcast in 2002. [6:55] Comments on own evolutionary theory of placebo effect introduced in the film; Anne Harrington's sceptical view of this theory. [8:33] Comments on own archives; differences between own and DD's work and writing on consciousness (mentions DD's view of self as "romantic") including own view of importance of undertaking a "natural history of consciousness" involving attention to everyday experience (not just laboratory studies) and to potentially "flaky" or "cranky New Age" sources.

  • Description

    Life story interview with Professor of Psychology Dr Nicholas Humphrey

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