Robin Ince and Brian Cox pit science against the supernatural, as they explore ghosts and other paranormal phenomena with the help of actor and magician Andy Nyman, psychologist Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Bruce Hood.
Toren, Joe, and Kevin are joined by Ghostbusters expert Chris "protoncharging.com" Stewart for a look at the spiritual remains of the dearly departed: Ghosts! Includes classification and scientific explanation of ghosts, ghosts and the law, ghost hunters who came to an untimely end, The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, plus ghosts in film and comics.
Dickie Shannon and the Sector 5 crew celebrate Geekfest! Yes, one full hour dedicated to comics, movies, TV, ghosts, space, science, monsters, and more! Comic Book John gives an update on comics, movies, and games. Ghost Girl Michelle discusses ghosts, of course. Spacey Dave gives his weekly satirical space report. And the ever present sidekick, Captain Proton gives his two-cents worth! It’s Geekfest at its best! :)
Ginger Campbell, M.D., is an emergency physician whose long-standing interest in philosophy and science motivated her to begin podcasting in 2006. While her Brain Science Podcast focuses on neuroscience, her other show, Books and Ideas, often explores the intersection between science and religion. She is also the founder of sciencepodcasters.org, which is a site devoted to promoting science through podcasting.
In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Ginger Campbell recounts how she first got involved in science podcasting, and why she focuses on neuroscience as her topic. She discusses the impact of Jennifer Michael Hecht’s work on both her intellectual pursuits and her views about atheism and religion. She talks about the trends in neuroscience that may suggest the brain can be "trained" with products such as Brain Age on Nintendo’s DS Lite, or that one’s diet can increase one’s intelligence. She describes "neuroplasticity," and how new brain imaging technologies, such as advanced fMRIs, show that our daily actions can impact specific parts of the brain. She explores the implications of neuroscience for religious belief, and why she has at times resisted the idea of atheism. She shares her reactions to the "New Atheists." And she discusses the increasing attacks on neuroscience from Creationist activists because of what it implies about consciousness, free-will and the existence of the soul.