December 19, 2016

The Institute of Art and Ideas

We think we’ve grown out of the belief in evil. It’s not in our genes and people don’t get possessed. But across media and culture, from Star Wars to Isis, evil still holds us strangely captive. Why does the devil seem to have the best tunes?  Is the battle between good and evil an essential part of being human after all? Cambridge Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen joins philosopher Rebecca Roache and The Idea of Evil author Peter Dews to investigate the strangeness of evil. This debate was sponsored by the British Humanist Association.

December 19, 2016

Does ‘evil’ exist?

We think we've grown out of the belief in evil. It's not in our genes and people don't get possessed. Across media and culture, from Star Wars to Isis, evil still holds us strangely captive. But does it exist?
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December 11, 2016

Certainty and the dangers of conviction

Should politicians and the rest of us avoid convictions, seeing them instead as dangerous fantasies, or is conviction essential to leadership, action and public support?
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December 3, 2016

The future of left and right in a populist age

The Institute of Art and Ideas asks whether the traditional divide between left and right is defunct, and if the political landscape is set to become dominated by a choice between open and closed politics.
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November 28, 2016

News in the post-truth age

The Institute of Art and Ideas explores the implications for news in the post-truth age.
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