Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for February, 2007

Media consumption inventory.

Over at BlogHer, Marianne Richmond has tagged everyone with a meme on personal media consumption. Given that I’ve already self-identified as a Luddite, I figured a little self-examination of my media habits might be worthwhile.

On Abel’s post on conscience clauses, Bob Koepp left this comment: It’s a pretty warped understanding of professionalism that would require professionals to violate their own sincere ethical beliefs. After all, someone lacking personal integrity probably isn’t going to be much concerned with professional integrity. “You can trust me because I lack the strength of…

Abel at Terra Sigillata has a post about coscience clauses for pharmacists that’s worth a read. In it, he takes issue with the stand of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), a professional pharmacy organization, recognizing “a pharmacist’s right to decline to participate in therapies that he or she finds morally, religiously, or ethically…

It’s my birthday today. My numerically obsessive parents opted to mark the occasion by sending me Jack Benny and a Hitchcock film. My offspring had a different idea about what sort of gift was appropriate:

My humble haiku, Clobbered in the poll — Unless You vote, intervene. Voting closes February 26, 11:59 PM EST — so act now! (If you want to be sure you’re voting for mine, I reproduce them below the fold.)

Skookumchick has declared a new blog carnival, Scientiae, organized around the broad topic of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (or STEM, for those who like acronyms). She’s soliciting posts that fall under one or more of the following: stories about being a woman in STEM exploring gender and STEM academia living the scientific…

On the post in which I resorted to flowcharts to try to unpack people’s claims about the process involved in building scientific knowledge, Torbj√∂rn Larsson raised a number of concerns: The first problem I have was with “belief”. I have seen, and forgotten, that it is used in two senses in english – for trust,…

Jim Gibbon has opened voting on his academic haiku contest. I urge you to check out all the 17-syllable distillations of scholarly works, but especially those in the physical sciences category. Two of those haikus are mine. (Technically, one of them ought to be in the humanities category, but I can see how an exploration…

This is another attempt to get to the bottom of what’s bugging people about the case of Marcus Ross, Ph.D. in geosciences and Young Earth Creationist. Here, I’ve tried to distill the main hypotheticals from my last post on the issue into flowcharts*, in the hopes that this will make it easier for folks to…

It willl be no surprise to regular readers on this blog that the Free-Ride offspring like books. At this point, it is even possible that their books outnumber their parents’ books, which is almost alarming. (Please send compact shelving and a librarian who can break out some Dewey Decimal on our profusion!) Naturally, this means…