Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for March, 2006

Because GrrlScientist asks, I took the quiz about whether my blog is working for me or I am working for my blog:

My university had events on campus today for newly admitted students. My department tapped me (and two of our fabulous philosophy students) to man the Philosophy Department table at the College of Humanities and Arts open house. Hundreds of admitted students — many with their parents — milling around in a room with such enticing…

The last two meetings of my ethics in science class have focused on some of the history of research with human subjects and on the changing statements of ethical principles or rules governing such experimentation. Looking at these statements (the Nuremberg Code and the Belmont Report especially) against the backdrop of some very serious missteps…

Friday Crocodilian

The younger Free-Ride offspring has been studying alligators and crocodiles in nature study. Some preliminary findings below the fold.

Elder offspring: I think at recess I might start a bird watching club. Dr. Free-Ride: You’ll have to be careful with it. Elder offspring: Huh? Dr. Free-Ride: When you swing it, make sure you don’t hit any kids or birds, and don’t break the lens at the end. Elder offspring: Not that kind of club!…

Do people routinely assert that the tools and activities of your field are utterly worthless in real life? Do they go so far as to say that what you’re doing is worse than nothing, because it distracts from the real tasks that need tackling? Or is it mostly just philosophers who get this kind of…

You may as well know that I’m as susceptible to peer pressure as the next geek. This means that even though I myself was dismissive about the prospects for creating an accurate and/or useful taxonomy of my people in the tribe of science, now that my sibling ScienceBloggers are soliciting information to flesh out the…

Do other bloggers ever stalk you in real life? OK, maybe it doesn’t count if (1) it’s someone you know from real life (and I think even an online course counts as real life here), and (2) it’s someone who actually has business to transact in the building in which you run into her. Besides,…

In comments to a pair of posts about research with animals, some issues that are germane to the subject of research with human subjects have come up. In particular, they raise the question of whether scientists ought to use results from ethically flawed experiments. And, this question pushes the question of the extent to which…

Alex Palazzo at The Daily Transcript has posted his lighthearted take on the disciplines within the life sciences. Over at Pharyngula, PZ Myers notes some important omissions while pointing out that the categories are more porous in real life. Meanwhile, Chad Orzel at Uncertain Principles sets out a taxonomy of physics specialties. If you think…