The Origin and Future of Life
Jonathan Freedland talks to Adam Rutherford, Barbara Sahakian, Steve Jones and Susan Aldworth about life, decision-making and our sense of self.
On Start the Week Jonathan Freedland journeys from the origin of life to the possibilities of new life-forms with the geneticist Adam Rutherford. Steve Jones updates the Bible from the point of view of modern science and Barbara Sahakian looks at our ability to make decisions, and whether 'smart drugs' should be used to boost our reactions. The artist Susan Aldworth is inspired by neuro-scientific imagery to explore the relationship between mind and body in her portraits of those with epilepsy and in doing so asks how this material corresponds or contrasts with the subject's sense of self.
Producer: Natalia Fernandez.
Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London and the president of the Galton Institute.
The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold as Science is published by Little, Brown.
Barbara Sahakian is a neuroscientist.
Bad Moves: How Decision Making Goes Wrong and the Ethics of Smart Drugs, co-written with Jamie Nicole LaBuzetta, is published by Oxford University Press.
Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised
Susan Aldworth, Fiona, 2012, monotype installation
Image courtesy of the artist and
G V Art, London
|Interviewed Guest||Steve Jones|