Videos: Science in the Café

October and November 2020
Science in the Cafe

Dinosaurs dominated the earth for some 160 million years, becoming extinct 66 million years ago. Their dominance was based on the simple evolutionary rule of the survival of the fittest. Mammals developed some 210 million years ago, and have been the dominant class of animal since the dinosaurs disappeared. A significant part of the success of mammals has been the development of communities in which, whilst remaining individuals, members will subjugate their own needs to those of the community as a whole.

As Norwich Cathedral prepares to host the Natural History Museum's famous Diplodocus cast Dippy from January 2021, we invite you to watch online a series of three conversations this October and November on Norwich Cathedral’s YouTube Channel.

Scientists and theologians will explore aspects of this mutual interdependence in the context of the provision of healthcare and with particular reference to the issues raised by the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will also be the opportunity for members of the public to email questions to the experts after each Science in the Café video has been published.

Session One: available to view now here
CITIZENS’ RIGHTS AND MORAL OBLIGATIONS

Prof. Mark Wilkinson, from Norwich Medical School
Prof. Andy Jones, from Norwich Medical School 
The Revd Canon Peter Doll, Canon Librarian at Norwich Cathedral

The discussion will develop around how a community decides the allocation of resources into healthcare, how decisions are made about distribution and equity of delivery, use and misuse of the service.

Session Two: available to view now here
BLOOD & ORGAN DONING: ALTRUISM OR INSURANCE?

Prof. Mark Wilkinson, from Norwich Medical School 
Dr Lorna Williamson OBE, formerly Medical & Research Director of NHS Blood and Transplant
The Revd Canon Peter Doll, Canon Librarian at Norwich Cathedral

The discussion will develop the idea of the individual’s responsibility to contribute to resource in a personal way focussing especially on organ donation.

Session Three: postponed to a date to be confirmed
PURE ALTRUISM: HUMAN TISSUE AND RESEARCH

Prof. Mark Wilkinson, from Norwich Medical School
Prof. Louise Jones, Professor of Breast Pathology
The Revd Canon Peter Doll, Canon Librarian at Norwich Cathedral

The discussion will focus on the value of research, the prolonging of life, the reduction of suffering and our obligation to protect data.