Scientific American has a fun sub-blog by Charles Q. Choi entitled Too Hard for Science? He interviewed IEET Fellow David Brin on animal uplift. Brin outlines the problem:
Any attempt to begin such work would encounter furious opposition from animal rights groups, and not without some reason,” Brin says. “The initial and intermediate stages […]
Many of the debates we’re forced to have around topics like disability are the result of literally lacking the words to explain what we mean. The words “cure, treat, prevent” all imply a condition is bad. So, if I give my child HGH to ensure she isn’t too short when she grows up, am I […]
A small legal case might determine if every father gets a genetic test for parenthood at birth.
Nina Montepagani always felt the entry under “father” was not literally true. “I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere,” she said recently. There had been clues: oddly similar names, family stories and a piece of paper with […]
A British couple was prevented from adopting on the grounds that the couple could not tell a child that homosexuality was an acceptable lifestyle:
They rejected suggestions that the case involved “a threat to religious liberty”, adding: “No one is asserting that Christians – or, for that matter, Jews or Muslims – are […]
Ross Douthat (whose name I always read as doubt-that) argues what might be a some-what reasonable position on pre-marital sex:
When social conservatives talk about restoring the link between sex, monogamy and marriage, they often have these kinds of realities in mind. The point isn’t that we should aspire to some Arcadia of perfect […]
Alex Tabarrok argues we need to admit that doctors aren’t superhuman:
A typical physician spends most of the day playing twenty questions. Where does it hurt? Do you have a cough? How high is the patient’s blood pressure? But an expert system can play twenty questions better than most people. An expert system can […]
Peter Singer rebuts the tiger mothers out there:
I agree with Chua to this extent: a reluctance to tell a child what to do can go too far. One of my daughters, who now has children of her own, tells me amazing stories about her friends’ parenting styles. One of them let her daughter […]
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