Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for January, 2008

links for 2008-01-12

The Republic of T. » Blog-Related Stress Disorder An interesting discussion about how what we think we need to do for our readers or our connection to the blogosphere can create stress for us and impinge on our non-virtual lives. (tags: blogosphere) As a Favor to Me, Do This Favor For Ben « Tiny Cat…

In an earlier post, I looked at a research study by Nelson et al. [1] on how the cognitive development of young abandoned children in Romania was affected by being raised in institutional versus foster care conditions. Specifically, I examined the explanation the researchers gave to argue that their work was not only scientifically sound…

Last Friday, the Free-Ride family was visiting friends in Santa Barbara. It was a very rainy day, so we decided that a trip to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History made more sense than a hike or a trip to the beach. Within minutes of our arrival, there was an announcement that a planetarium…

Saying you’ve seen everything is just asking the universe to do you one better. So I won’t. Still, this story nearly required grubbing around the floor on my hands and knees to find the location to which my jaw had dropped: Bogus university scam uncovered Investigation By Nigel Morris BBC London Investigations Producer An international…

“Why don’t they make a birth control pill for men?” There are important considerations from medical ethics that might explain why a birth control pill for men has not happened yet.

links for 2008-01-10

Creek Running North » If there is hope, it dies with the trolls Excellent discussion about responsibilities within comment threads — potentially useful for my Science Blogging Conference session. (tags: blogosphere communication) The Missing Link Monthly history of science podcasts! Cool beans! (tags: history-of-science)

The Neurocritic alerted me, in a comment on an earlier post, to a pair of papers in the 21 December 2007 issue of Science that raise some difficult ethical questions about what sorts of research are permissible. Quoth the Neurocritic: This may be a little off-topic, but I was wondering if you read this article…

links for 2008-01-09

see jane in the academy: one by one. An interesting addition to the tenure dossier: a public talk on one’s research. (tags: academia tenure) Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: “As a profession, is philosophy in a better or worse state than it was in 1997?” I think the philosophers quoted have interestingly different ideas of…

Why ethics matter to science.

Regular readers of this blog know that I teach an ethics class aimed at science majors, in which I have a whole semester to set out ethical considerations that matter when you’re doing science. There’s a lot to cover, so the pace is usually more breakneck than leisurely. Still, it’s rather more time for detail…

links for 2008-01-08

Matt Thurling on the concept of science.TV « Pimm – Partial immortalization “Science” seems to mean very things to scientists and non-scientists, which complicates the project of communicating about science. (tags: science-communication) Recognition and Alleviation of Distress in Laboratory Animals Available to pre-order, or to read for free online. Looks like good empirical research to…