Wow! Also, Helsinki seems to be something of an incubator for discussions of rights.
Based on the principle of the equal treatment of all persons;
Recognizing that scientific research gives us deeper insights into the complexities of cetacean minds, societies and cultures;
Noting that the progressive development of international law manifests an entitlement to [...]
Zombies are a strange source of ethical inspiration, but as I mentioned to io9’s Lauren Davis, if academic ethicists get to spend all day talking about trolleys, I see no reason we can’t banter about the ethics of the undead.
Lauren posed the following query: When is it ok to kill a zombie? Should zombies be [...]
Richard Herring calls-out our biases and preposterous perceptions of those in wheelchairs in the hilarious, intelligent way that only the Brits can. It’s one of the best conversations around disability I’ve ever heard.
Wait for the wobbly comedienne around the 12 minute mark. It’s a highlight.
Makes me miss good AM radio. [...]
Paul Raven makes a bold case against boosting animal intelligence:
Because they are not us. We are related, certainly, this much is inescapable, but a chimpanzee is not a human being, and to insist that uplift is a moral duty is to enshrine the inferiority-to-us of the great apes, not to sanctify their uniqueness. This [...]
Joshua Knobe wonders at our personal mythologies of the true self. His work experimental philosophy shows that very often our judgment of the “true self” in another person is whatever version of that person best aligns with our own values. Philosophers and the laity alike have trouble with identifying real core desires:
If we [...]
AboutPop Bioethics, written by Kyle Munkittrick, is an effort to study the ethics of the continuing evolution of the human species via the lens of pop culture and be somewhat entertaining in the process.