Philanthropy

Adventures in Ethics and Science

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I don’t usually go looking for a fight, but there are some cases where I’ll make an exception. You know, of course that I’m a big fan of DonorsChoose. And you’ll recall that PETA’s tactics make them a problematic organization as far as I’m concerned regardless of what your views on animal welfare or animal…

At Uncertain Principles, Chad is motivating his readers to donate to his DonorsChoose challenge by offering a big reward: Last year, I famously got $6,000 in contributions by offering to dance like a monkey, but I’m not sure what would follow that. So, What should I offer to do if I manage to reach the…

You already know that we’re working with DonorsChoose to raise some money for public school teachers who are trying to give their students the engaging educational experiences they deserve (and who, owing to dismal state and local budgets, need our help more than ever). You also know that our benevolent overlords at Seed will be…

Around this corner of the blogosphere, folks frequently bemoan the sorry state of the public’s scientific literacy and engagement. People fret about whether our children is are learning what they should about science, math, and critical reasoning. Netizens speculate on the destination of the handbasket in which we seem to be riding. In light of…

Over at Starts with a Bang, Ethan Siegel lays it on the line: I have a challenge for everyone who reads this. Donate at least ten dollars (or ten euros, or ten pounds, or whatever’s the closest equivalent in your currency) or volunteer at least four hours at whatever charitable organization you choose. When you…

This month, Sheril Kirshenbaum and Dr. Isis are spearheading a blogospheric initiative to call attention to a continuing epidemic of mass rapes in Liberia even six years after the end of its 14 year civil war, and to try to do something about it. Last month, Nicholas Kristof described the situation in the New York…

First about those carnivals:

Light in the darkness.

A colleague of Super Sally’s forwarded her this*: It’s funny because it’s true, and the pain isn’t just from laughing so hard.

I realize that I forgot to mention here that I’ve been writing posts on the Invitrogen-sponsored group blog What’s New in Life Science Research. The blog is hosting discussions about stem cells, cloning, biodefense, and genetically modified organisms. (The cloning discussion just started yesterday.) As you might guess, I’m primarily blogging about the ethical dimensions…

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