Unfiltered is a new video series in which University of Birmingham academics, over a cup of coffee or pot of tea, chat about questions which concern all of us — and hope for a resolution, or at least a small advance, within five minutes.

In the pilot episode, Milly Morris and Scott Lucas take on “All things considered, is the world really such a bad place?”

Where’s the space for considering if life is better for, say, someone who has had to flee Syria? Are we all being just a bit Western-centric?