This week's episode
The Fascination with Evil
We may condemn tyrants and abhor serial killers, but we are obsessed with evil and violence. Our news and entertainment focus on such material - one survey claimed the average American child has seen 8,000 fictional murders by adulthood. Yet none in real life. Are we fascinated by evil, violent characters because they make life more exciting? Or because they express our real nature?Terry Eagleton, Susan Neiman, Stephen De Wijze
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The Future of Relationships
Technology, Relationships and Freedom
Are tech companies merely mining our data for profit, or is there a way for technology to help people connect?Chi Onwurah , James Ladyman , Kate Russell
Could Sex Robots be Good for us?
Would sex robots be a disaster for healthy sexual relationships, or might they actually help us?Kate Devlin
Love me Tinder
At 10 billion matches, Tinder has made more connections than there are people. But is more choice always better?Christopher Hamilton , Steve Carter , Anders Sandberg
Does the unpredictability of love make it fundamentally unsuited to dating apps based on probability and logic?Richard Coles , Catherine Hakim , Mark Salter
Do we need Relationships?
We examine the science behind monogamous relationships and ask: have we evolved beyond them?Helen Croydon , Kit Opie , Susan Quilliam
Love Is the Drug
We’re happy taking drugs to fight depression. But what about a pill for engineering romance?Anders Sandberg
The Future of Pornography
Ir porn fundamentally anti-feminist, and what place will it have in a gender equal future?Brooke Magnanti , Rowan Pelling , Peter Tatchell