Whether it's losing a loved one or stubbing a toe, suffering is an intrinsic and inescapable part of life. But does it have to be? Philosopher and author of The Hedonistic Imperative David Pearce posits the radical idea that all forms of suffering should be abolished from every living creature on earth - and explains how it might be done.
Part 1: Can Suffering Be Eliminated?
Designer drugs, gene editing, direct neural stimulation - Pearce outlines how technology could make undesirable sensations a thing of the past.
Part 2: Should Suffering Be Eliminated?
Is a life without pain really a life worth living? Pearce explains why the abolition of suffering is not only morally permissible, but urgently necessary.