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Tender or distasteful?

Heather Whitten posted this photograph on facebook and opened herself up to a tirade of objections. Some thought that the image was inappropriate and even disgusting. The photo shows a devoted father holding his son in a shower. The situation … Continue reading

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Against ‘Warm glow’ altruism

Research into empathy is thriving these days. Cognitive neuroscience is undergoing what some call an “affective revolution.” Some research even suggests that if you prompt subjects (students?) to see the world through the eyes of others, then their capacity for empathy … Continue reading

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Should we have a more utilitarian approach to medical research?

This incredible article sites some examples of “unethical” practice in the realm of medical research. Some seem to have no due regard for the individual human rights of the unknowing “guinea pigs”. To what extent do the ends justify the … Continue reading

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Neuroethics

“Imagine a legal system where, if you are a testifying witness, you must have an fMRI scan of your brain to determine if you are lying or telling the truth. Imagine taking a drug that can ease your painful memories, … Continue reading

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The ethics of arms trading

“This week, the London Arms Fair opens at the ExCel centre. Alongside guns, tanks and killer drones, you might also find offers for illegal torture equipment – we have in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013. Unsurprisingly, the UK government wants … Continue reading

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Which place is more sexist, the Middle East or Brazil?

Lisa Wade argues a pure TOK point on this issue regarding perspective and cultural bias in her piece “Defining Women’s Oppression: The Burka vs the Bikini” on The Society Pages website … “Many believe that the U.S. is at the pinnacle … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Cyberwarfare

It has long been known that the rapid rate of development of technology can often leave the law behind. Technological advances often chart new territory that the law has not considered. A great illustration of this is the latest controversy … Continue reading

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