This episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with psychologist Dr Pete Etchells about his new book Lost in a Good Game: Why we play video games and what they can do for us. We explore both the myths and the science behind video games and consider why the effects of video games are actually quite difficult to study. It seems strange that many people in this field don't play games themselves. Most of the bad things you have heard about video games do not stand up to the basic standards of good science. Whether or not you enjoy video games yourself this is a fascinating interview.Read More
Episode 63 of Books and Ideas an interview of Jonathan Losos, author of Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution. This fascinating book reveals the surprising world of experimental evolutionary biology. We explore how experiments both in the laboratory and in the wild are answering long-standing questions about how evolution works.
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Books and Ideas returns with an interview with Rhodes Perry, author of Belonging At Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Cultivate an Inclusive Organization. His book contains lessons that we can take beyond work to all aspects of our lives.Read More
Episode 59 of Books and Ideas is an interview with philosopher Anthony Chemero about his book Phenomenology: An Introduction. We put phenomenology into historical perspective and explore how it is making contributions to contemporary cognitive science. This episode doesn't require any prior knowledge.Read More
Episode 57 is the first episode of Books and Ideas that I have produced in 2015. It is a conversation with experienced podcaster Elsie Escobar. Elsie brings a unique perspective to the question Why Podcast? because she does it all: she hosts and produces 2 shows, works for Libsyn, the company that hosts my shows and many others, and she listens to more podcasts than seems humanly possible.Read More
Episode 54 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Dr. Michael Saag, one of the pioneers in the battle against HIV-AIDS and author of the provocative new book Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System. When I asked him why he wrote his book he said bluntly "Because I am angry!"
Saag shares the frustration of most American physicians who struggle with the current chaos that we call a healthcare "system." As he notes on page 2 of Positive, “over three decades of unparalleled advances in science and healing, so much about practicing medicine seems to have gotten worse. Medical professionals’ time with patients has decreased while the workload had increased. The cost of patient care has risen by every measure, while insurers appear to profit more and help less.”
In Positive Dr. Saag blends the inside story of how HIV-AIDS was transformed from a death sentence to a manageable chronic medical condition with a candid discussion of our sytems failings. He recognizes that those of us who want to see real change face an uphill battle against powerful, (and rich) entrenched interests who are profiting from the current chaos, but it is his hope that Positive will motivate physicians and patients to use the actvisim that helped spur success against AIDS as an inspiration to fight together for change.
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- Positive: One Doctor's Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System by Michael Saag. If you buy from the book website proceeds go to HIV-AIDS research.
- A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era by Robert Martensen
- Interviews with Dr Robert Martensen (Episode 28 and Episode 29)
- Dr. Campbell's interview on Medical School HQ podcast: episode 64
- Facebook page for Positive
- Google+ page for Positive
- Follow Positive on Twitter
- I will be speaking at The Amazing Meeting, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV July 10-13, 2014.
- I will also be attending the Podcast Movement in Dallas TX, August 16, 17 2014.
- The most recent episosde of the Brain Science Podcast (BSP 108) is an interview with Dr. Michael Graziano author of Consciousness and the Social Brain. The next episode will come out at the end of this month.
- The next episode of Books and Ideas will be with Dr. John Ratey about his new book Go Wild.
- In July 2014 I will be starting a one year fellowship in Palliative Care Medicine at the UAB School of Medicine. I am not sure yet how this will impact my podcasting schedule.
The latest episode of Books and Ideas (BI 53) is an interview with Rebecca Hale, president of the American Humanist Association. We explore the basic tenets of humanism and also discuss the particular challenges facing humanists in the United States.
Hale describes humanism as "a life philosophy based on personal responsibility: humans made the problems in the world, and it's up to us to take responsibility to fix them, so that we leave the planet better than we found it."
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- Episode 21: Interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott about the ongoing battle between evolution and creationism.
- Episode 27: Interview with Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson.
- Episode 30: Interview with Tom Clark, author of Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses.
- Episode 50: Interview with Ted Meisner, host of The Secular Buddhist podcast.
Links and References:
- Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby
- American Humanist Association website
- International Humanist and Ethical Union- umbrella organization for humanists around the world
- Humanist Press and The Humanist magazine
- Humanism as the Next Step by Lloyd and Mary Morain
- The Philosophy of Humanism by Corliss Lamont (revised ed 1997)
- See the FREE episode transcript for additional links and references.
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- Click here to learn more about the AHA meeting in Philadelphia this June and be sure to let me know if you are coming.
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Mur Lafferty inspired me to start podcasting back in 2006, so I am very proud that she recently won the prestigious John W. Campbell Award at this year's Hugos Celebration. Her latest novel The Shambling Guide to New York City is also garnering well-deserved praise.
Mur was my guest way back in Episode 17 of my Books and Ideas podcast so I am very pleased to have her back on for Episode 52. We talked about her writing career and what she has learned along the way. Mur continues to produce her long-running podcast I Should Be Writing, which is a must listen for all aspiring fiction writers.
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- Listen to Mur's first interview: Books and Ideas #17
- Mur's website is at MurVerse.com. That's where you can get a link to the Magic Spreadsheet
- Her podcast is I Should Be Writing and is available in iTunes and all the major podcasting apps.
- The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides) by Mur Lafferty (Audible link)
- The Takeover by Mur Lafferty. This is an hilarious take on zombies in the work place.
- Playing For Keeps (Kindle version) by Mur Lafferty
- The Takeover and many of Mur's other audio efforts are available at Podiobooks.com
Episode 51 of Books and Ideas is actually a followup of Dr. Jaak Panksepp's recent interview on the Brain Science Podcast. There we talked in depth about the scientific evidence that humans share basic emotional circuitry with other mammals. In this interview we talk about the implications of this discovery, focusing on how it should impact the treatment of laboratory animals. We also consider our relationships with pets and other domestic species.
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Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions by Jaak Panksepp
- The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions by Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven
- Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio
- Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
- Why Animals Matter: Animal Consciousness, Animal Welfare, and Human Well-being by Marian Stamp Dawkins
- Project Nim (Video) directed by James Marsh
- Jaak Panksepp on the Brain Science Podcast: BSP 65 and BSP 91
- Kyla Duffy of Happy Tails Books (dog rescue): B&I 33
- Stuart Brown on the importance of Play: BSP 61
- Books and Ideas has its own Facebook Fan Page.
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- A new version of the Books and Ideas website will be launching soon. The URL will not change.
Meet Dr. Campbell:
- Atlanta, Georgia: February 19-21, 2013
- South by SouthWest in Austin, Texas: March 7-10, 2013
- Johannesburg, South Africa: April 8-10, 2013
- I love to meet listeners when I travel so if you will be at any of these places just drop me an email at gincampbell at mac dot com.
I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on The Secular Buddhist podcast, which is hosted by Ted Meisner. We talked about neuroscience and my new eBook Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty. I enjoyed learning about the Secular Buddhist Association, which is an outgrowth of the podcast, but I was surprised that listener feedback indicated that many listeners have a poor understanding of Buddhism and how it relates to Secularism. That is why I invited Meisner to come on my Books and Ideas podcast.
I have just posted this interview as Episode 50:
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- I encourage you to check out the list of interesting people that Ted has interviewed on The Secular Buddhist podcast.
- My interviews were episode 124 and 133.
- I talked about insight mediation with Delany Dean back in Books and Ideas 20 and I also talked to Dr. Dan Siegel about the neuroscience of meditation in Brain Science Podcast 44.
- The Naked Monk:
- Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening by Stephen Batchelor
- Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor
- The Universe in a Single Atom (2005) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Narrated by Richard Gere.
- Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World (2011) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Narrated by Martin Sheen).
- Please see the FREE EPISODE TRANSCRIPT for additional links and references.
- Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty by Ginger Campbell, MD is now on sale. Send me your Amazon receipt to get a free PDF.
- Upcoming podcasts: Jaak Panksepp on the emotional lives of animals and the annual year-end review on the Brain Science Podcast.
- Sign up for Ginger Campbell's newsletter and get podcast show notes automatically. Never miss a show!
- Meet next month at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas (January 6-8, 2013).
Episode 49 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Emily Reese from Minnesota Public Radio. Reese is the host of two podcasts that I enjoy: Top Score and Learning to Listen. In this interview we focus on Top Score, which is a podcast about video game music. Reese interviews the composers and gives listeners an inside look at the challenges that face composers in this new, but growing field. You don't need to be a muscian or a gamer to enjoy Emily's podcasts.
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- Top Score on Minnesota Public Radio
- Emily's interview of Christopher Tin
- Emily's interview of Jessica Curry
- Emily's interview of Richarc Jacques
- Emily's interview of Martin O'Donnell
- Be sure to see the free episode transcripts for links to all the composers mentioned in the podcast.
- If you enjoy video games and/or good science fiction check out Books and Ideas #44 with author Karen Traviss.
- All music clips in this episode comply with the 30 second limit for Fair Use.
- Click here for a full list of the music used or see the free episode transcript.
- Please post your comments on the Books and Ideas Fan Page on Facebook or on Google+. You can also post to the Brain Science Podcast Discussion Forum at Goodreads.com.
- Next month's Books and Ideas is an interview with Ted Meissner who is the host of The Secular Buddhist podcast. In the meantime you might want to check out my interviews on his show: ep 124 and ep 133
- I also plan to interview Jaak Panksepp. We will be talking about how discoveries from affective neuroscience should influence the treatment of laboratory animals.
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