Why You Are Not Your Brain.
Philosopher & Physician Raymond Tallis in conversation with Saad Ismail on the intellectual diseases of 'Neuromania' and 'Darwinitis', on the insufficiency of naturalism in explaining consciousness, on humanism & anti-humanists, on God & transcendence, on the soul & afterlife, and on straddling multiple intellectual identities.
Professor Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist, and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and a clinical scientist.
Raymond Tallis trained in medicine at Oxford University and at St Thomas’ Hospital London before becoming Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences for his research in clinical neuroscience and he has played a key role in developing guidelines for the care of stroke patients in the UK. From 2011–14 he was Chair of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying.
He retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer. His books have ranged across many subjects – from philosophical anthropology to literary and cultural criticism – but all are characterised by a fascination for the infinite complexity of human lives and the human condition. The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine lists him as one of the world’s leading polymaths.
Medical Nihilism: The view that we should have little confidence in the effectiveness of medical interventions.
Philosopher of Medicine Jacob Stengenga and Saad Ismail (MBBS) discuss the varieties of skepticisms towards modern medicine, the place of alternative and indigenous medical traditions in postcolonial times, bias in medical research, the controversial nature of many psychiatric therapies, how aggressive pharmaceutical interventions might be doing more harm than good, and what a gentler medicine might look like.
Jacob Stegenga is a Reader in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He has published widely on fundamental topics in reasoning and rationality and philosophical problems in medicine and biology. He previously taught in the United States and Canada, and he received his PhD from the University of California San Diego. He is the author of 'Medical Nihilism' and 'Care and Cure: An Introduction to Philosophy of Medicine', and he is currently writing a book on the sciences of sexual desire.
What's Wrong with World Literature?
A Conversation between Literary Scholar Ian Almond (Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar) and Hasan Azad, PhD.
How do we decenter world literature?
What are the western lenses through which world literature is produced, disseminated, and consumed?
Ian Almond is Professor of World Literature at Georgetown University. He is the author of five books, most recently Two Faiths, One Banner (Harvard University Press, 2009) and The Thought of Nirad C. Chaudhuri (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and over forty articles in a variety of journals including PMLA, Radical Philosophy, ELH, New Literary History and the Harvard Theological Review. He specializes in comparative world literature, with a tri-continental emphasis on Mexico, Bengal and Turkey. His work has been translated into thirteen languages (Albanian, Arabic, German, Korean, Indonesian, Bengali, Bosnian/Serbo-Croat, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Persian, and Turkish). The Arabic translation of his book Sufism and Deconstruction was shortlisted (one of 7) for the largest literary prize in existence, the Sheikh Zayed Book Prize. The Korean translation of his book Two Faiths One Banner won the Book of the Month award.