That's Science

Exploring the meaning of Science today, with hosts Amelia Doran and Susan O'Flynn

Episode 6: Sigmund Freud, Icon of Science?

Ep. 6
CW: AbuseIn this episode of 'Is That Science?' Susan and her guest Dr. Richard O'Flynn (her dad!) talk about the Father of psychoanalysis himself- Sigmund Freud. A pioneer in the field of psychiatry, Freud has transcended the history of medicine and permeates popular discourse. However, the popular imagination of Freud has tended to reduce his prolific career to a few fringe concepts. In this episode, they look behind the mammoth myth of Freud and talk about the development of psychoanalysis as a scientific practice and in the modern cultural imagination.Also, advanced apologies for the audio quality on my end!Works mentioned:Freud's Work:Analysis: Terminable and Interminable (1937) of Anna O, the birth of the talking cure 'The Wolf Man' lectures in psychoanalysis: Totem and Taboo FreudFreud Autobiography, Ernest Jones- Auden poem:

Episode 4: Women and Early Modern Epidemiology with Richelle Munkhoff

Ep. 4
CW: discussion of Death and DiseaseIn this episode of 'Is That Science', Susan talks with Richelle Munkhoff, co-founder of The Plain Sight Archive a non-profit organization developing an online tool and resources dedicated to a more inclusive understanding of the history of arts and culture. In this interview, Richelle discusses one area of her research conducted during her academic career, a specific role for women in the early modern period.Women have always participated in science and held important roles in medicine. However, the inherently male-dominated tradition of these practices has a tendency to both forget and erase the pivotal part they have played in scientific development. Richelle’s work is so important because it reminds us of both the forgotten legacy of women in the foundations of science and their importance as leaders within the community. Of course, this interview will be slightly on the more history and humanities side, but I couldn't resist discussing this fascinating piece of work! We talked about the purpose of this role, how it evolved, how Richelle conducted her research and what we can learn from the Searchers.To follow Richelle's current work follow @plain_sight_archiveReadings referenced in our discussion:For Richelle's article: the article I referenced in the show: referenced:Boccaccio, Decameron (1353)Thomas Dekker's "plague pamphlets" can be found in: The Plague Pamphlets of Thomas Dekker, ed. F. P. Wilson (1925) especially of interest are: "The Wonderfull Yeare: 1603" (1603) and "A Rod for Run-awayes, God's Tokens" (1625)Daniel Defoe, Journal of the Plague Year (1722)Elizabeth Griffith, "The Story of Miss Williams" -- appears in:Novellettes (1780) [pages 203-220]Further reading:For more on Richelle's research: