Oral history of British science
Humphrey, Nicholas (11 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 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.
Life story interview with Professor of Psychology Dr Nicholas Humphrey