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09/23/2017 - 11:05pm
Et si religion et transhumanisme recherchaient une même forme de transcendance par des moyens différents ?
09/23/2017 - 11:05pm
I have a couple of new papers available online. The first looks at the moral freedom objection to moral enhancement. The second tries to rebut an interesting philosophical objection to the use of brain-based lie detection. Both papers are set to appear in edited books in 2018. Details and links to pre-publication versions below (just click on the paper title):
09/23/2017 - 11:05pm

Die Digitalisierung hat in nur wenigen Jahrzehnten unsere Lebenswirklichkeit bis fast in den letzten Winkel durchdrungen. Und viele ihrer Errungenschaften sind uns heute unentbehrlich. Doch wir stehen auch an einer Schwelle. Schon bald könnten Algorithmen und künstliche Intelligenz bestimmen, was es bedeutet, Mensch zu sein. Es ist also Zeit, dass wir uns neu bewusst zu werden, wer wir sind und warum wir den Computern und Cyborgs nicht unsere Zukunft überlassen wollen.

09/22/2017 - 3:49pm

Over at HuffPo, Craig Konnoth has a short-but-smart piece exploring the Constitutionality of the logrolling deals now underway to persuade Alaska Senator Lisa Murkoswki to support the latest effort to repeal Obamacare.  Would other states have a right to object … Continue reading →

09/22/2017 - 3:08pm

[Cross-posted from L3: Long Leaf Law Blog] In Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar (UHS), the Supreme Court upheld the Civil False Claims Act (FCA) theory of “implied certification,” under which the submission of a claim for … Continue reading →

09/22/2017 - 12:08pm

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Americans still tend to think of human rights violations as abridgments of free speech and religion, and extreme crimes against humanity, such as slavery, torture, and arbitrary detention. These are correct, but incomplete. Economic and social rights (which include the right to health, and can be thought of as the core of social justice) are a vital part of a human-rights-based ethical code.George Annas, American Journal of Bioethics (September 2017)

This coming week (probably Wednesday), the GOP Senate leadership plans to bring to a vote yet another health care reform bill, Graham-Cassidy.…

09/22/2017 - 12:03pm

Politics Donald Trump’s Lies and Obstruction Will End His Presidency, Ex-Ethics Chief Says “A former White House ethics chief says that Donald Trump would likely be impeached if it is proven he sought to obstruct justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey in hopes of ending his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.” Public … More Ethics & Society Newsfeed: September 22, 2017

09/22/2017 - 10:41am

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest illnesses out there.  The five-year survival rate of patients with the disease is only about 7%.  This is, in part, because few observable symptoms appear early enough for effective treatment.  As a result, … Continue reading →

09/22/2017 - 10:21am

Scientists are hopeful they can inject the gene-editing technology directly into the ear to stop hereditary deafness

09/22/2017 - 9:12am

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end and a convicted murderer, was 27 when he committed suicide in April. Yet a posthumous examination of his brain showed he had such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease C.T.E. that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s