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Ed Yong: The Philosophy of Bacteria

Science journalist Ed Yong on the physical and philosophical implications of being host to billions of microbes. Is he human or a universe of bacteria in a human-shaped sack?

Science journalist and blogger Ed Yong explores the physical and philosophical implications of being host to billions of microbes.

He reports the latest science showing how the bacteria we come into contact with can profoundly affect our lives - from the ability to digest different foodstuffs to our susceptibility to asthma, diabetes and even stress and anxiety.

And, he asks whether he should be seen as a human, or a universe of bacteria in a "human shaped sack"?

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Recorded in front of an audience at the RSA in London, speakers take to the stage to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

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