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01/15/2018 - 11:04pm
One of the lesser noted negative consequences of having a tabloid showman for a president is the way the chaos and scandal around him has managed to suck up all the air in the room. Deep social and political problems that would have once made the front page, sat on top of the newsfeed, or been covered in depth by TV news, have been relegated to the dustbin of our increasingly monetized attention. And because so few of the public know about these issues their future remains in the hands of interested parties unlikely to give more than a perfunctory concern to issues such as ethics or the common good such issues involve.
01/15/2018 - 6:39pm

Amber Comer and colleagues found some not surprising, but still alarming, data on "Physician Understanding and Application of Surrogate Decision-Making Laws in Clinical Practice" in AJOB Empirical Bioethics.

01/14/2018 - 7:57pm

Simon and colleagues offer a colorful reminder of the narrow and limited way in which the term "futility" should be employed in the medical treatment context. 

01/14/2018 - 7:57pm

Simon and colleagues offer a colorful reminder of the narrow and limited way in which the term "futility" should be employed in the medical treatment context. 

"There is a difference between trying to fill a tub with a leaking bucket and end...

01/13/2018 - 4:16pm

Many people, when they think of the history of eugenics, think of Nazi Germany. However, eugenics was widely accepted and implemented as policy in America long before the Nazis rose to power. At the beginning of the 20th century, the numbers of immigrants to the United States were increasing rapidly. This greatly alarmed those who were aligned with the eugenics movement, the quasi-scientific movement to preserve... // Read More »

01/15/2018 - 11:04pm
Les robots peuvent-ils prétendre à l’humanité?
01/15/2018 - 11:04pm
IEET Fellow Riccardo Campa has published Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job?: Essays on Automation and Technological Unemployment a very timely collection of essays on the economic and social impact of robots and AI on work and employment.
01/12/2018 - 4:13pm

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The Good Doctor (Season 1; Episode 11): Coercing Consent

A pair of conjoined twins are in the hospital for a kidney transplant from one twin to the other. In 6 months, they are scheduled for separation surgery which is challenging because they share an intertwined brain vasculature. Post kidney surgery, one twin goes into cardiac failure as the load on her heart is putting a strain on her body. The answer is to move up the separation surgery to the next 12 hours.…

01/12/2018 - 3:40pm

STUDENT VOICES | CHYNN PRIZE HONORABLE MENTION By Brianna Blunck Animal research has been conventionally practiced under the notion that it has played a vital role in scientific and medical advances, but our use of animals should not continue without periods of reflection on the morality and necessity of their use. George Yancy, PhD and … More Whose Rights are Right?: The Debate Over Animal Rights in Research

01/12/2018 - 2:37pm

A healthcare network and a research institute in Nevada are planning to sequence the DNA of 40,000 Nevadans, as part of an effort to understand what health issues might be particular to people in the region