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12/10/2010 - 8:26pm

This afternoon at the New America Foundation:

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12/10/2010 - 5:05pm

West Virginia reports a 50% completion rate of advance directives.  On Monday, WV PBS will broadcast The Last Chapter: End of Life Decisions.  

12/10/2010 - 12:43pm

Could it be that genetic engineering might be part of what cures us of the hyper-parenting pandemic?

Katie Roiphe over at Slate is worried about helicopter parents screwing up their kids by trying to perfect them:...

12/10/2010 - 11:17am

The schism over global climate change (GCC) has become an intellectual chasm, across which everyone perceives the other side as Kool-Aid drinkers. Although I have mixed views of my own about the science of GCC and have closely grilled a number of colleagues who are front-line atmospheric scientists, I’m afraid all the anecdotes and politics-drenched “questions” flying about aren’t shedding light. They are, in fact, quite beside the point. That is because science itself is the main issue: its relevance and utility as a decision-making tool.

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12/10/2010 - 10:43am

Could it be that genetic engineering might be part of what cures us of the hyper-parenting pandemic?

Katie Roiphe over at Slate is worried about helicopter parents screwing up their kids by trying to perfect them:...

12/09/2010 - 10:07pm

From the November 29, 2010 Federal Register, 75 Fed. Reg. 73169, 73406.Comment: We received a number of comments from physicians, health

planning as an element to the definitions of both the ``first annual...

12/09/2010 - 8:19pm

In Delaware as in many states, the safeguards regarding life-sustaining treatment all lean one way.  That is, they protect against erroneous withholding or withdrawal or life-sustaining treatment.  They do not address erroneous provision of such treatment.

12/09/2010 - 12:26pm

Most Enlightenment thinkers believed in the inevitability of human political and technological progress, transforming the Christian expectation that history was predetermined to end in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth into a conviction that humanity would be able to continually improve itself. But the scientific worldview does not support historical inevitability, only uncertainty.

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12/09/2010 - 8:48am

I was interviewed last night on CBC TV’s “The Lang & O’Leary Exchange” about Mastercard and Visa’s decision to stop acting as a conduit for donations to the controversial secret-busting website Wikileaks. [Here's the show. I'm at about 15:45.] (For those of you who don’t already know the story, here’s The Guardian‘s version, which focuses on retaliation against Mastercard by some of Wikileaks’ fans: Operation Payback cripples MasterCard site in revenge for WikiLeaks ban. )

Here’s my take on the issue, parts of which I tried to express on L&O. Now just to be clear, what follows is not intended to convince you whether you should be pro- or anti-Wikileaks. The question is specifically whether Mastercard and Visa, knowing what they know and valuing what they value, should support Wikileaks’s activities....

12/09/2010 - 7:40am
As often is the case when a highly visible person dies, the death of Elizabeth Edwards has prompted many mass media producers to discuss hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning.  Here is a brief Q&A with Dr. Richard Besser on ABC News.