This is a very interesting podcast about creativity in which the Guardian’s Alok Jha meets author Jonah Lehrer.
Creativity and the Brain
…to make it through, to be successful, to bring this idea you had in the shower into the real world – that’s going to take persistence, it’s going to take almost a silly single-mindedness, and that’s what we call grit. So if I was forced to choose one thing to say work on to maximise your creativity, it’s build up your grit.
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…then I recommend the Science Weekly podcast with the Guardian’s Alok Jha.
There’s a very interesting Beyond Belief podcast dated 14 July discussing the relationship between alien life, UFOs and religion.
I think you’ll have to subscribe via iTunes to get this.
There’s a tremendously interesting debate regarding stem cell research on a special Beyond Belief podcast from April 21st. The programme, hosted by Ernie Ray, features the Rev. Mary Seller, a Professor of Developmental Genetics at Kings’ College London School of Medicine, David Jones, Professor of Bio Ethics at St Mary’s University College, and Omar Sultan Haque, a Muslim theologian at Harvard Medical School.
This is an incredibly complex issue with passionate views on both sides. The research is already under way, and could eventually lead to cures for Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and type one diabetes. But when does life begin? What is human? What is the ethical position of a cybrid embryo created using material from cows and humans (created by inserting a human cell into a hollowed-out cow’s egg)? Stirring stuff.
To make a decision one has to be thoroughly and correctly informed regarding the procedures involved and their (likely/potential/desired) results. It’s easy to cry that this is unnatural or blasphemous, but do the potential benefits of such research justify it? Should we trust those who are thoroughly and correctly informed to make decisions for us on such issues, or should we adopt a more cautious stance and leave well alone?
Millions of sufferers of the kinds of diseases that could be treated as a result of such research are living in pain every day of their lives. But is this just another step along a dangerous route from which we can’t turn back?
I don’t know any of the answers.