RTE’s Big Science Debate is a nationwide road show, radio series and website brought to you by RTÉ Radio 1, in association with Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Council for Bioethics.
A panel of expert guests, including some celebrity scientists, debate ethical dilemmas facing humankind in front of a local audience. RTÉ’s Big Science Debate is hosted by Rachel English. The producer of the series is Ella McSweeney. You can subscribe to the series as a podcast here http://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_sciencedebate.xml
If 2006 was the year the world accepted climate change as a problem caused by human activity, is 2007 the year that we have a moral obligation to a move to a more eco-friendly society? Who should be responsible for combating climate change, individuals or the Government? Since we now know that we are to blame for climate change, can it be considered immoral not to act to stop it? Should we be looking to nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels?
Panellists: Oisin Coughlan; Bryan Wynne; Sean McDonagh; Mike Hopkins
Contributors: Oisin Coughlan; Bryan Wynne; Sean McDonagh; Mike Hopkins
Do terminally ill people have the right to decide how and when they wish to end their lives? Supporters of euthanasia say that they hold individuality, self-determination and autnomy as their highest values. But does euthanasia devalue life? How can we guarantee that euthanasia is voluntary and not enforced?
Panellists: Gerrit Kimsma; Michael Irwin; Regina McQuillan; Santiago Sia
Contributors: Gerrit Kimsma; Michael Irwin; Regina McQuillan; Santiago Sia
Few scientific developments have been both as promising and controversial as stem cell research. Some experts have suggested that stem cell research is the only way to unlock treatments for devastating disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s. Others say that destroying embryos for the sake of stem cell research is indefensible. Should embryos be used for research? What is the difference between adult and embryonic stem cell research? And what is the potential of the use of human-animal ‘cybrids’ that were recently approved by the UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority?
Panellists: Sorcha Ui Chonnachtaigh; Helen Wheadon; Muireann Quigley; Martin Clynes
Contributors: Sorcha Ui Chonnachtaigh; Helen Wheadon; Muireann Quigley; Martin Clynesia