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3:AM Interview

INTERVIEW IN 3:AM MAGAZINE. Interviewed on truth and post-truth by Hugh D. Reynolds here.

The inescapability of the ethical

Social epidemiology never generates straightforward policy prescriptions. Even if we know something makes us live longer, we still have to ask if it is right to promote it. It might be that many features of more traditional societies, including religiosity and tight social relations, are good for health. But it does not follow that we can or should try to turn back the clock. That is a philosophical and political question, not one for epidemiology.

Is this really a post-truth world?

To rebuild belief in the power and value of truth, we can’t dodge its complexity. Truths can be and often are difficult to understand, discover, explain, verify. They are also disturbingly easy to hide, distort, abuse or twist. Often we cannot claim with any certainty to know the truth. We need to take stock of the various kinds of real and supposed truths out there and understand how to test their authenticity.

“They are changing the world”


The Reading Lists

THE MOST IMPORTANT PHILOSOPHY BOOKS EVER WRITTEN. I contributed to this piece at The Reading Lists.

Science: Not Just For scientists

SCIENCE: NOT JUST FOR SCIENTISTS – 100 IDEAS. I’ve contributed an idea to this project by the the British Science Association.

On Free Will

INTERVIEW – SPIKED REVIEW. An interview about free will.

Philosophy On The Table

INTERVIEW IN SYMPOSION JOURNAL. Talking about philosophy and food. “The key to enjoying life is therefore to be able to cultivate a deep and keen appreciation of the pleasures of the moment while at the same time allowing them to pass without regret.” Read here.

Twenty Questions

TWENTY QUESTIONS. A Q&A for the TLS in which I reveal my least favourite fictional character and hidden talents, among other things. Read here.

Is humanity losing faith in reason?

UNTHINKABLE – THE IRISH TIMES. Q&A on my new book with Joe Humpreys. Q&A on my “well-timed and cogently argued” new book in the Irish Times