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Ethical dilemma: Resuscitation

An unconscious man has “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on his chest. Should the tattoo be honored? http://www.newsweek.com/do-not-resuscitate-unconscious-patients-tattoo-causes-ethical-dilemma-florida-728693

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Conceptual analysis: “wellness”

How do we define “wellness”? How should we define “wellness”? https://aeon.co/essays/what-do-face-transplants-say-about-identity-and-wellbeing

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Waiting Room Policy

What should the policy be? A clip from Curb Your Enthusiasm…

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Robot Ethics

One problem is that the concept of “harm” is complex, context-specific and is difficult to explain clearly to a robot. If a robot doesn’t understand “harm”, how can they avoid causing it? “We realized that we could use different perspectives … Continue reading

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Technology Issues Jackpot

A great source for ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology: http://reillytop10.com/

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Justification of Cockroach Cyborgs

Is it ethical to sell kits that turn cockroaches into cyborgs? Here’s a company that does exactly that: www.backyardbrains.com … and here’s the introduction of their explanation of their justification: Our experiments are not philosophically perfect and without controversy; however, … Continue reading

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“A better way to argue about politics”

https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/520737/a-better-way-to-argue-about-politics/

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Conceptual clarification

Here’s a good article for a discussion about the role of conceptual analysis / clarification in discussions about high stakes policy decisions. “Trump Vows To End ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ But No One Can Agree What That Label Means” http://www.npr.org/2016/11/19/502684089/trump-vows-to-end-sanctuary-cities-but-no-one-can-agree-what-that-label-means?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr What definition … Continue reading

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Fallacy alert

Need to practice your fallacy detection skills? Check out the comments section for this article: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/10/24/1024-council-passes-resolution-against-islamophobia.html

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