Reflecting on recent science news stories and current events, authoritative thinkers unpack the implications for society. Naked Reflections is chaired by Ed Kessler, director of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge.

19 January 2020

According to creationists, the world and human beings were created in six 24-hour days about 6000 years ago...

14 January 2020

Are we playing God, or ridding the world of disease, creating a super race, or laying bare our deepest human nature?

18 December 2019

We explore the concept of childhood through literature, psychology, religion and education.

12 December 2019

How should we die? Can we plan or hope for a good death? Medical advances mean life can be prolonged as never before...

05 December 2019

Is the loss of faith in authority a perfect storm of an Internet fuelled delusion that we “know it all ourselves”?

28 November 2019

“It’s the hope that kills you…" Optimism, hope’s more pragmatic sibling, is not always rewarded either. Why?

19 November 2019

Is travel a necessity, statement of religious faith, uncomfortable chore or a self- glorifying quest?

12 November 2019

What does inclusivity in society mean?

05 November 2019

The Amazon forest was burning up this summer, the huge Greenland icecap is melting. What’s to be done?

29 October 2019

What exactly is a crime? It’s not always obvious: both Socrates and Jesus were treated as criminals...

01 October 2019

When uncertainty creeps into scientific enquiry or religious faith, is it a sign of failure?