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Matters of Life and Death
Matters of Life and Death
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In each episode of Matters of Life and Death, brought to you by Premier Unbelievable?, John Wyatt and his son Tim discuss... more

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Medical Assistance in Dying 2: Suicidal ideation, no crystal balls, conscientious objection, and Hippocrates’ successful medical practice

In our second conversation on Canada’s euthanasia regime, we chat with a Canadian doctor about the troubling expansion of Medical... more

25 Jan 2023 · 33 minutes
Medical Assistance in Dying 1: Judicial activism, a ‘reasonably foreseeable’ death, the unacceptability of suffering, and reasons to stay alive

Since 2016, Canada has offered assisted suicide through its public healthcare system. And the criteria for Medical Assistance in Dying... more

18 Jan 2023 · 32 minutes
Martin Rees 3: Pre-emptive science fiction, the morality-reality gap, adventurers on Mars, and the mind of the Creator

In the third and final installment of John’s discussion with Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, they discuss Martin’s views... more

11 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
Martin Rees 2: Blurred humanity, re-dignifying care work, algorithms reading lung X-rays, and the risks of virtual life

Happy New Year! Today’s episode continues the Big Conversation between John and Martin Rees, the astronomer royal. In this part,... more

04 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
Martin Rees 1: Advances in artificial intelligence, the Eliza effect, passing the Turing Test, and the problem of other minds

Today’s episode is a little different from normal as we’re going to begin a short series sharing a recent conversation... more

28 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Social media and politics 2: A mucky business, the ultimate conspiracy theory, ‘showbiz for ugly people’, and and atomised individuals

In the second half of our conversation with Tim Farron, we discuss his conviction that Christians should get stuck into... more

21 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
Social media and politics 1: The judgemental society, 3,000 offensive tweets a day, freedom from vs freedom to, and Elon Musk’s Twitter

This week we’re joined by the former leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron to discuss social media and politics.... more

14 Dec 2022 · 25 minutes
Mental health 2: Emotional resilience, the bio-psycho-social model, the power of story, and depression in the Psalms

In the second half of our discussion with Christian psychiatrist Daniel Maughan, we work through some ways in which the... more

07 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
Mental health 1: Power dynamics, the psychiatrist as brick wall, casualties of social media, and over-pathologising distress

Since the covid pandemic there has been an alarming rise in people presenting with mental health problems. Today we speak... more

30 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
Dependence 2: The Panopticon at home, evangelising to retirees, existential angst in the House of Lords, and rejecting self-sufficiency

In the second part of our conversation on ageing and dependence, we think about how secular society has tried to... more

23 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes
Matters of Life and Death
Medical Assistance in Dying 2: Suicidal ideation, no crystal balls, conscientious objection, and Hippocrates’ successful medical practice
Matters of Life and Death