You’ll hear from this that I really enjoyed my encounter with Roger Highfield, a science journalist who was editor of New Scientist, a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and now works for the National Museum of Science and Industry. I hope the audience enjoyed it as much but there were moments when I was so engrossed that I almost forgot they were there.
Highfield is, essentially, a populariser of science. He has written books on the science of Harry Potter and of Christmas. His latest work addresses the question of how evolution might have favoured co operation and altruism, even self sacrifice. But we talked more widely about whether some scientists have been dishonest in the climate change debate and whether belief in a multiverse requires an act of faith now. It’s all below.