Ethics. Research. Community.

Blogging Ethics

Note: blog content is not currently included in EthicShare's Search Results.

01/09/2011 - 11:40pm
The personal doctor of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon said that he "responds to pinches and opens his eyes when spoken to."  This is, of course, consistent with the vegetative state Sharon has been in for over five years.  These very basic stimuli reactions do not indicate consciousness, awareness, or purposeful action.  Still, such reports surely foster false hope for many surrogates with family members in similar states.
01/09/2011 - 11:06pm
In his 2010 book, No Good Deed, Massachusetts psychiatrist Lewis Cohen recounts (page 188) that a nephrologist colleague of his is currently undergoing hospital disciplinary procedures and has been suspended from clinical duties following two cases in which she wanted to stop dialysis but was opposed by the patient's adult children.  "[T]he nephrologist spoke to the relatives and explained that the patient was dying, continuing dialysis was futile . . . ."  This is not unilateral withdrawal.  It is not even aggressive badgering or manipulation.  I sure hope there is more to the story.   
01/09/2011 - 1:07pm
Dr. J. chats with historian, novelist, and journalist Philipp Blom philipp-blom.eu) about his delightful history of the French philosophers of the eighteenth century, A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment. Part 1 of 2.
01/08/2011 - 11:02am

The corporate world is certainly subject to plenty of criticism, and even hatred. But which companies are hated most?

Customers, employees, shareholders and taxpayers hate large corporations for many reasons. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed many of these to choose the 15 most hated companies in America....

01/08/2011 - 8:52am

Wealth, peace, happiness, democracy, secularization, and ... male longevity?

...

01/08/2011 - 8:52am

Wealth, peace, happiness, democracy, secularization, and ... male longevity?

...

01/08/2011 - 8:08am
Where does humanity fit in the cosmos?
01/07/2011 - 11:01pm
I have been posting audio from some recent conferences (ASBH, ATS, ICCEC) on my website here and here.  I have now started loading some videos.  I divided a recent one hour presentation into six YouTube video posts.
01/07/2011 - 2:09pm

Ever notice how many futuristic authors toy, now and then, with the concept of a global overmind?

Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov both did. And my reply to them, a more subtle and diversity-based version, appeared in my novel, Earth....

01/06/2011 - 9:22pm
Are we alone in the universe? Find out all about the search for extraterrestrial life in this educational parody of Ke$ha’s hit song, “We R Who We R.”