10 episodes

NOUS tackles the deepest questions about the mind, through conversations with leading thinkers working in philosophy, neuroscience, psychiatry and beyond. Each episode features an in-depth conversation focussing on one big idea.

How does the brain produce consciousness? Are mental illnesses just biological? Are there limits to the power of neuroscience - or will it eventually unravel the mysteries of free will and morality?

Hosted by Ilan Goodman

NOUS Ilan Goodman: Neuroscience and philosophy podcaster

    • Philosophy

NOUS tackles the deepest questions about the mind, through conversations with leading thinkers working in philosophy, neuroscience, psychiatry and beyond. Each episode features an in-depth conversation focussing on one big idea.

How does the brain produce consciousness? Are mental illnesses just biological? Are there limits to the power of neuroscience - or will it eventually unravel the mysteries of free will and morality?

Hosted by Ilan Goodman

    Edward Bullmore on the ‘inflamed mind’ theory of depression

    Edward Bullmore on the ‘inflamed mind’ theory of depression

    Could depression be caused by inflammation?  Cambridge psychiatrist Edward Bullmore makes the case for his radical new theory, from his bestselling book The Inflamed Mind.

    • 56 min
    Keith Frankish Exposes the Illusion of Consciousness

    Keith Frankish Exposes the Illusion of Consciousness

    Keith Frankish busts the myth of qualia, and teaches me how to escape Cartesian Gravity.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Joseph LeDoux on the 4 Billion Year Journey to Our Conscious Selves

    Joseph LeDoux on the 4 Billion Year Journey to Our Conscious Selves

    Celebrated neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux explains how we became clever, conscious and emotional after 4 billion years of evolution.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Patricia Churchland on How We Evolved A Conscience

    Patricia Churchland on How We Evolved A Conscience

    Churchland is the queen of neurophilosophy. She’s on fine form in this interview - charming, funny and occasionally savage as we range over her views on the nature of philosophy, the neuroscience and evolution of morality, and consider what’s wrong with the two major ethical traditions in western thought: utilitarianism and Kantianism. 

    • 1 hr
    Gina Rippon on the Myth of the Gendered Brain

    Gina Rippon on the Myth of the Gendered Brain

    Do men and women have different brains? Jordan Peterson and the Google memo guy are pretty sure they do. Professor Gina Rippon disagrees. Biology, she argues, is not destiny and evidence of differences has been drastically overstated. Who’s right? On the eve of the publication of her book The Gendered Brain, hear Gina make her case, and respond to her critics.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Jules Montague on Dementia, Memory and Identity

    Jules Montague on Dementia, Memory and Identity

    This episode features a neurologist with some striking tales to tell about who we become when our brains start to break. What happens when memories are gradually destroyed by Alzheimers, when our personality is drastically transformed by dementia, or when a sudden surge of creativity is unleashed by Parkinson’s medication?

    • 56 min

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