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Now displaying: November, 2015
Nov 25, 2015

We chat to Richard Firth-Godbehere to learn more about the murky subject of emotions...

Richard Firth-Godbehere first became interested in emotions, and especially disgust, while his wife was suffering from a phobia for vomiting, emetophobia. Since then, he has been studying what emotions are and were, and trying to find a way through the academic minefield that is the study of emotions. Richard is a Wellcome Trust Scholar in the Medical Humanities at Queen Mary University of London

 

Nov 25, 2015

Emotions evolved for a reason, but how simple are they? The fun really starts when we discover that what we call ’emotions’ are only a couple of hundred years old. How can this be, and what came before?

In this talk, Richard will embody the voice of Thomas Wright, a 17th Century English Catholic missionary whose book, The Passions of the Minde in Generall, influenced many including some bloke called Shakespeare. Through him, he will explain what feelings came before ’emotions’ and where modern ’emotions’ came from.

Richard will also discuss lost emotions – the ones that have disappeared that we no longer understand – and will do his best to get us to feel feelings we feel we’ve not felt before (or maybe we have, but have forgotten).

Richard Firth-Godbehere first became interested in emotions, and especially disgust, while his wife was suffering from a phobia for vomiting, emetophobia. Since then, he has been studying what emotions are and were, and trying to find a way through the academic minefield that is the study of emotions. Richard is a Wellcome Trust Scholar in the Medical Humanities at Queen Mary University of London

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Nov 10, 2015

Warning: recorded on an iPhone... :-)

What happens when your speaker for the evening isn't arriving for another ten minutes, and you have a room full of people expecting to be entertained? You simply ask Robin Ince - a man who was up at the Fringe to do one show and ended up doing about 6 - if he wouldn't mind filling in.

Robin was kind enough to step up and help us fill the time while Steve Mould from Festival of the Spoken Nerd hotfooted it over from the Assembly George Square theatres. We were also able to record his performance on the evening, and it's presented here for your enjoyment.

We'll be back in two weeks with a more traditional talk and interview podcast, and we hope you're enjoying our Fringe 2015 content. Please do email us with any comments (podcast@edskeptics.co.uk) and we hope you'd consider leaving us a review on iTunes to help us promote the podcast more.

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