Science Weekly: The paranormal
Ian Sample discusses anomalistic psychology with Professor Chris French; music that troops listen to before battle; where the 'self' is located; water on the moon; and how a science editor was duped by a film
Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Andy Duckworth. guardian.co.uk, 28September 2009
Prof Chris French is coordinator of the anomalistic psychology research unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He defines his field as the psychology of paranormal beliefs and of ostensibly paranormal experiences, cognition and emotion. Or 'the study of weird stuff'.
Chris is also the editor of the [UK] Skeptic magazine (listen out for the subliminal plug) and writes a column for the Guardian's science website.
We look at research carried out by Jonathan Pieslak at the City University of New York on the pumped-up music American troops use to get into the right frame of mind to face life-threatening combat situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
You can read Ian Sample's blog about the research, "How the iPod became an instrument of war", which includes audio excerpts of the music and interviews not included in the podcast.
Our pod panellists discuss the discovery of water on the moon and their dream inventions.
Following comments about the Aids film House of Numbers in last week's podcast, we had a complaint about comments made by Caspar Melville. The complaint was from Caspar Melville. He explains why.
Where do you think you exist? In your head? In your stomach perhaps? It was a question asked at an event at University College London as part of The Brain Unravelled event. Liliane Lijn and Prof Frank Burnet tell us all about it.
The Guardian's environment correspondent David Adam joins us in the studio.
WARNING: contains very strong language and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
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