Brian Boutwell’s recommendations

I've a short new feature at the end of my episodes where I ask guests about their favourite podcast, tv show, film, documentary etc. It's a great way to get a sense of people's influences and an even better way to discover some excellent new books, shows, and docs. Below are the recommendations of criminologist Brian Boutwell.


Waking Up:Sam Harris

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Sam Harris has been on my radar for a while because he frequently gets suggested to me as a potential guest. While I have yet to chase up on getting him on the show I have listened to several episodes of his excellent Waking Up podcast. The podcast is named after his book that carries the zeitgeisty subtitle, A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion. You can listen to Sam’s show on soundcloud here.

Very Bad Wizards


Now this is a show I’ve been wanting to check out for ages and definitely will after Brian’s recommendation. Very Bad Wizards, apart from having a brilliant name, have the excellent tagline: “A PHILOSOPHER AND A PSYCHOLOGIST PONDER THE NATURE OF HUMAN MORALITY.” If that doesn’t make you want to listen I don’t know what will. Check out their latest episode here.

Robert Wright’s video podcasts

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I’ve never heard of Robert Wright but he seems to best known for his book, The Evolution Of God. Wright is involved in two online video shows, and, both of which have fantastic looking guests and are available in video or audio format. You can check out the bloggingheads site here.


Brian recommended a heap of books. To avoid this turning into a monster post I’m going to list them here with links to their pages or amazon reviews.

  1. Steven Pinker. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature.
  2. Richard Dawkins. The Selfish Gene.
  3. Judith Rich Harris. No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality.
  4. Steven Pinker: The Better Angels Of Our Nature.

Well, that should keep you busy for a while! Enjoy. Dave

PS Here’s a short video of Dawkins explaining a bit about The Selfish Gene





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