The Science of Sin

The Science of Sin

Sundays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2016 | 8pm PT/11pm ET

People lie, cheat, steal, and yes, they still ‘covet thy neighbour’s wife’. Deadly or not…big or little…people sin. Every major religion has a stance on sin, and in our secular world, almost all modern-day laws have been written to curb the dark sinner lurking within all of us. What remains a mystery is why we sin, even when our brains know better.

The Science of Sin is a 4-part series that explores the shadowy pathways of the human mind to examine why the temptation to sin is evolutionarily hard-wired and asks if this scientific reality can be trumped by culture, laws or religion.

Each of the films tackles two of the Seven Deadly Sins with a modern twist, interweaving leading-edge science with the personal stories of our ‘characters’– regular people who have sinned in life-changing ways. The final episode will explore only the one sin of “Pride”, as we find out why it is still regarded as the “mother of all sins”.

Episodes:

The Science of Sin – Greed and Envy
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

A former runner-up on “The Apprentice” wonders if her relentless pursuit of success keeps her from reaching out to people; we meet a woman who’s shopping and credit addiction may lie in her DNA.

The Science of Sin – Gluttony and Sloth
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Scientists run tests on a 400-lb stand-up comedian and a competitive fitness model who admits to binge eating; Dr. Mariana Figueiro theorizes that technology addicts aren’t slothful, but that a myriad of new technology has changed our sleep patterns.

The Science of Sin – Lust and Wrath
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Dr. John Gottman meets with a couple whose marriage is hanging by a thread due to the husband’s infidelity; a father goes to anger management to get his family back and we meet a man who is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife.

The Science of Sin – Pride
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

Tevya is obsessed over his looks and ambition, consuming daily supplements and barely ever eating “chew meals” to maintain his ‘porn star’ body. Even when professionally warned of the damage he may be doing, Tevya insists on his unhealthy regimen. Is he deceiving himself about much more in his life? He meets neuroscientist Dr. Julian Keenan, who points out that the human brain has evolved a unique cognitive process: the ability to lie to ourselves and each other, and this is part of what makes us human.

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