Morality In The 21st Century

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01Responsibility20180903

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st century.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st century.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world's leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.

In this programme, Rabbi Sacks argues that a world in which we each pursue our own interests and leave everything else to the state and the market can be incredibly liberating, but outsourcing moral responsibility can also leave us feeling vulnerable and alone, without meaning and direction in our lives.

Contributors:
Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto;
Noreena Hertz, economist, author and broadcaster;
Michael Sandel, political philosopher and professor at Harvard University;
Students from The Manchester Grammar School and Manchester High School for Girls.

Producer: Dan Tierney
Series Editor: Christine Morgan.

02The 'selfie Generation'20180904

Has the selfie made us selfish?

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st century.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world's leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.

Traditionally, morality meant altruism, care for others, the world beyond the self. Today's icon, though, is the "selfie," the image of ourselves we present to others by way of smartphones and social media. Rabbi Sacks explores the impact this has had on how we see ourselves and live our lives.

Contributors:
Jean Twenge, Professor of psychology at San Diego State University;
David Brooks, political and social commentator and author;
Students from Graveney School in London and Queens' School in Hertfordshire.

Producer: Dan Tierney
Series Editor: Christine Morgan.

03Is Society A Myth?20180905

Has our sense of collective belonging been lost?

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st century.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world's leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.

For most of history, societies have been held together by a shared moral code. But half a century ago, the West embarked on a great experiment: a move from "We" to "I," from "We're all in this together" to "I'm free to be myself." Recently, there's been a reaction against individualism in favour of the group. But what's returned isn't a sense of society as a whole, but rather, subgroups, defined by faith, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. What's lost, Rabbi Sacks argues, is our sense of collective belonging and the common good.

Contributors:
Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University;
Robert Putnam, Political scientist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University;
Students from Loreto College in Manchester.

Producer: Dan Tierney
Series Editor: Christine Morgan.

04Artificial Intelligence20180906

How we should respond to the ways in which AI is transforming our world.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st century.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world's leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.

AI is already fundamentally transforming our world, and in the coming years will have an enormous impact on almost every aspect of our lives. So the ethical questions surrounding its development are urgent and important. Rabbi Sacks argues that we must always be able to choose our fate, in the full dignity of responsibility, never forgetting that machines were made to serve human beings, not the other way around.

Contributors:
Mustafa Suleyman, Co-founder and Head of Applied AI at DeepMind;
Nick Bostrom, Philosophy Professor at the University of Oxford;
Students from Queens' School in Hertfordshire.

Producer: Dan Tierney
Series Editor: Christine Morgan.

05Moral Heroes20180907

ReMrs Death Misses Death

Reasons why there is hope for a better, more ethical and responsible world.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st century.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world's leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.

Rabbi Sacks explores who young people see as their moral role models in the 21st Century and explores powerful reasons for hope for a better, more ethical and more responsible world.

Contributors:
Steven Pinker, Harvard cognitive psychologist, linguist, and author;
Melinda Gates, Philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
Heather Templeton-Dill, President of the John Templeton Foundation;
David Brooks, political and social commentator and author;
Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto;
Michael Sandel, political philosopher and professor at Harvard University;
Students from The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls, Loreto College in Manchester, Graveney School in London and Queens' School in Hertfordshire.

Producer: Dan Tierney
Series Editor: Christine Morgan.

Contributors:
Steven Pinker, Harvard cognitive psychologist, linguist, and author;
Melinda Gates, Philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
Heather Templeton-Dill, President of the John Templeton Foundation;
David Brooks, political and social commentator and author;
Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto;
Michael Sandel, political philosopher and professor at Harvard University;
Students from The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls, Loreto College in Manchester, Graveney School in London and Queens' School in Hertfordshire.