Episode 198 – 2nd August 2013

This week we try to attribute blame for recent transport accidents (before learning better not to), talk to Robert Llewellyn about electric cars, find out about the latest controversy with the DSM5 psychiatry bible, as well as discover what’s going on with the banks, why we should perhaps forgive Michael Gove (!) and why we did actually land on the moon after all.



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Planes, Trains and Automobile Accidents (1:54) by Drew Rae
Robert Llewellyn talks Electric Cars (10:11) by James O’Malley
DSM Naming Controversy (25:21) by Sean Davidson
Moon Landing Conspiracies (36:19) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Megan Whewell)
Stupid Bankers (41:13) by Morgan Phillips (ft Frances Coppola)
U-Turns (50:22) by Kash Farooq
Science Grrl Catch-Up (53:58) by James O’Malley (ft Heather Williams)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Sean’s References

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  • First philosophy, Rene Descartes.
  • 50 philosophy ideas you really need to know, Ben Dupre.
  • Consciousness Explained, Daniel Dennet.
  • The Extended Phenotype, Richard Dawkins.
  • A Leg to Stand On, Oliver Sachs.
  • Studies on Hysteria, Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud.