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12 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Matthew Cobb. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Matthew Cobb, often where they are interviewed.

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12 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Matthew Cobb. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Matthew Cobb, often where they are interviewed.

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Matthew Cobb and Anjali Goswami - Live Sunday Q and A

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Hosted by Robin Ince and Dr Helen Czerski this episode of the Science Shambles podcast is an audio recording of our weekly Sunday Science Q and A show that goes out at 3pm BST on our YouTube channel. On this episode Robin and Helen are joined by Matthew Cobb and Anjali Goswami to talk natural history, fossils and weird museum collections. Watch them on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/cosmicshambles and get bonus content and extended conversations with guests by subscribing at patreon.com/cosmicshambles
Jun 28 2020 · 1hr 2mins
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##24 Matthew Cobb - The science of smell

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Welcome to The Know Show. 

The Know Show is a podcast that aims to make sense of the world, one guest at a time. Hosted by former private tutor Hussain, we break down mind-boggling academic research and challenge authors on their work. 


Today’s episode is with Professor Matthew Cobb of Manchester University. Matthew is a truly fascinating academic and author with a diverse set of interests that will have you hooked. Not only is he a professor of zoology, Matthew is somewhat a prolific author. He has written about all sorts of topics, ranging from the French resistance in ww2 to his latest book on the sense of Smell. His journey is truly remarkable, as he has gone from being a pioneer in scientific research on maggots to being awarded for his authentic writing.

As you can imagine, we had a lot to talk about. In light of the covid19 pandemic we discussed how smell has been considered a symptom of the disease and why that is. You will take away so much from this episode.


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Jun 22 2020 · 1hr 31mins

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115. Matthew Cobb — The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience

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For thousands of years, thinkers and scientists have tried to understand what the brain does. Yet, despite the astonishing discoveries of science, we still have only the vaguest idea of how the brain works. In The Idea of the Brain, scientist and historian Matthew Cobb traces how our conception of the brain has evolved over the centuries. Although it might seem to be a story of ever-increasing knowledge of biology, Cobb shows how our ideas about the brain have been shaped by each era’s most significant technologies. Today we might think the brain is like a supercomputer. In the past, it has been compared to a telegraph, a telephone exchange, or some kind of hydraulic system. What will we think the brain is like tomorrow, when new technology arises? The result is an essential read for anyone interested in the complex processes that drive science and the forces that have shaped our marvelous brains. Cobb and Shermer also discuss:

  • panpsychism
  • the hard problem of consciousness
  • free will and determinism
  • mind uploading
  • near death experiences (NDEs) and other paranormal experiences
  • quantum consciousness
  • the history of neuroscience and how we got to where we are today
  • brain mapping and localization
  • why the new phrenology (brain localization and modules) is still wrong
  • why neurons are not digital like computer chips, and why the brain is not like a computer, and
  • why we’re still nowhere near understanding how the brain works.

Matthew Cobb is a professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester, where he studies olfaction, insect behavior, and the history of science. He earned his PhD in psychology and genetics from the University of Sheffield. He is the author of five books: Life’s Greatest Secret, Generation, The Resistance, Eleven Days in August, and Smell: A Very Short Introduction. He lives in England.

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May 12 2020 · 1hr 40mins
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Matthew Cobb

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Another episode we recorded in the studio when such things were possible, Robin chats with Matthew Cobb, Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester and author of the acclaimed new book The Idea of the Brain. They chat about Matthew's new book, free will and what it was like working with David Attenborough. Support the podcast and get extended editions of each and every episode at patreon.com/bookshambles
Apr 30 2020 · 39mins

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Brian Cox, Matthew Cobb and 1201 Alarm - Live Sunday Q and A

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Hosted by Robin Ince and Dr Helen Czerski this episode of the Science Shambles podcast is an audio recording of our weekly Sunday Science Q and A show that goes out at 3pm BST on our YouTube channel. On this episode Robin and Helen are joined by Prof Matthew Cobb and Prof Brian Cox to talk brains, evolution and physics plus music from 1201_Alarm. This episode was originally broadcast as part of The Stay at Home Festival. Watch them on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/cosmicshambles and get bonus content and extended conversations with guests by subscribing at patreon.com/cosmicshambles
Apr 26 2020 · 1hr 7mins
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BS 171 Matthew Cobb, author of "The Idea of the Brain"

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This episode of Brain Science is an interview with neuroscientist Matthew Cobb author of "The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience."

Cobb approaches the history of neuroscience from a different perspective than previous writers. He writes from the perspective of a working scientist with a deep interest in the history of ideas and the interaction between science and culture. This approach makes for a fascinating discussion.

Through out history assumptions about the brain have been influenced by both culture and contemporary science. For example, before the discovery of electricity it was impossible to image that the brain uses both chemical and electrical signals to communicate. Similarly, our current understanding is heavily influenced by the computer metaphor, which actually misses much about how real brains function.

Another aspect of our discussion involves several ongoing debates with neuroscience such as the importance of localization versus network properties. We also touch on the tendency toward neuromythology, which is the tendency to think that understanding the brain is the only tool for understanding what it means to be human. Dr. Cobb reminds of the importance of being aware of the work in a wide varieties of fields include science and the humanities.

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Apr 24 2020 · 1hr 12mins
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Matthew Cobb on how we detect smells

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It’s been estimated that humans are capable of detecting a trillion different smells. How is this possible when we have just 400 types of olfactory receptors located in the bridge of our nose? Matthew Cobb has spent many years studying maggots hoping to get to bottom of this problem. He spent several years studying the flirting rituals of fruit flies in Sheffield before moving to France to study at the world centre for fly research, not far from Paris. There are, of course, a lot of differences between maggots and humans but our olfactory systems have a lot in common.

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Mar 03 2020 · 29mins
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Pint of Science Podcast - Professor Matthew Cobb - Evolutionary Zoologist [Episode 6]

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Episode 6 – Professor Matthew Cobb

This week we share a pint with a scientist who really smells. Sorry, he researches smells. Specifically, he’s interested to know how maggots smell; who says science can’t be glamorous! Our guest for episode 6 is the University of Manchester’s Professor Matthew Cobb, Professor of Zoology, award-winning science communicator extraordinaire and expert on the French Resistance during World War II… A bit of a modern-day polymath!

We made a return visit to Manchester’s very accommodating Salutation Inn, where we spent a fascinating couple of hours learning about (amongst other things): the nature of consciousness; how we can apply our understanding of genetics to give us clues about the sense of smell in Neanderthals; and why it’s better to work with flies than people… Matthew literally arrived armed with a bottled smell, such is his commitment to hands-on (noses-on?) science communication. Enjoy!

Welcome back to the Pint of Science podcast. Each week, we meet scientists in pubs around the UK to find out about their lives, their universe, and everything. From *how* fruit flies love to *why* humans love, via jumping into volcanoes, winning Olympic medals, where we came from and more!

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The Pint of Science podcast is a part of the Pint of Science Festival, the world's largest science communication festival. Thousands of guests and speakers descend on pubs in hundreds of cities worldwide to introduce science in a fun, engaging, and usually pint-fuelled way.

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About Matthew Cobb, this week's guest:

Professor Matthew Cobb is Professor of Zoology in the Division of Evolution and Genomic Sciences at the University of Manchester. After obtaining a PhD in Psychology and Genetics from the University of Sheffield, and a stint as a postdoc at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, Matthew moved to France in 1984 – where he stayed for 18 years. The various positions he held in France shaped his research interests in chemical communication and the sense of smell (as well as his historical interests in the French Resistance during World War II). Matthew returned to the UK in 2002 to take up a post as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, where in 2007 he received the University’s award for Teaching Excellence. Alongside his research, Matthew has published two popular science books; The Egg & Sperm Race (2006), and Life’s Greatest Secret (2015). He has also written two historical books on the French Resistance, and regularly writes for The Guardian.

Matthew is great on twitter, follow @matthewcobb for regular fascinating nuggets of science.

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Apr 22 2019 · 1hr 23mins
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Prof Matthew Cobb - How the nose knows (in you, a maggot and a Neanderthal)

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A fascinating talk about the sense of smell. Professor Cobb is Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester.
Jan 16 2017 · 53mins
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BI 60 Matthew Cobb on "Life's Greatest Secret"

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Episode 60 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Matthew Cobb, author of Life's Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code. We focus on some of the unsung scientists who made essential discoveries.

Matthew Cobb was the first person I ever interviewed back in Episode 7, so it was special to have him on to help me celebrate the 9th Anniversary of Books and Ideas.

Show notes and free episode transcripts are available at http://www.virginiacampbellmd.com/blog/2015/12/bi60-cobb.

Please send me feedback at docartemis@gmail.com.

Dec 17 2015 · 1hr 4mins