Anakana Schofield – Award Winning Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

November 2, 2008

Freethinking Festival 2008

It’s that time freethinking time again:

BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival is back in Liverpool from 31 Oct to 2 Nov 2008, with conversation, film, performance, drama and debate about the ideas that are changing the world.

Better online access this year, so no need to hug the speakers close with an eye on the clock — it’s archived here

November 15, 2007

Freethinking encore

Tis back. The Freethinking Festival is on in Liverpool and BBC Radio 3 right now. Last year there were some interesting ruminations on the brain.

 Check it out this year here

December 16, 2006

Neuro Henry on brain, science and medicine.

Here’s the listen again link to the Free thinking program with Henry Marsh — neurosurgeon.

 He puts the cap on notion of the soul and afterlife, so basically you can relax on that front. By the sounds of it unlikely we’ll be returning as frogs or anything wiggly. He also somewhat dismisses the implied significance of left/right brain divisions, saying it’s not as absolute as previously purported by some factions. There’s a whole wadge of other stuff, but due to poor memory I cannot recall.  It’s probably the most engaging thing I have heard on this yellow brick road of lunching with logic.  Maybe because it’s audio. Maybe because he’s a bit of a skeptic, which appeals to my first language: pessimism.