Bioethicists have not given up on the idea of infanticide.
Two insightful articles recently published in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy may provide much needed clarity in philosophical debates about personhood.
A New York State judge has ordered Stony Brook University to justify its detention of two chimpanzees.
The argument about non-human personhood has surfaced once again – this time in a New York State Supreme Court.
Bioethics writer Virginia Hughes explores the complexities of trying to define personhood.
Less dramatic and less reported was the effect of the election on the controversial issue of abortion.
Attorney Steven Wise defends his quest to gain legal standing and justice for animals in the US.
Earlier this month an American animal rights group made a push to gain legal recognition for the personhood of non-animals.
Do animals feel emotions?
A conference to be held at Yale University in December brings together animal rights activists and fans of human enhancement who are interested in the rights of robots and aliens.
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins created quite a stir on the internet with one of his tweets (9000+ and going strong).
Coloradans on both sides of the abortion debate were surprised that lawyers for a Catholic hospital were arguing that a fetus has no rights in a malpractice case.
Here’s something we missed about the uniqueness of human beings. In July the Francis Crick Memorial Conference, at Cambridge University, decided that we aren’t as exceptional as we once believed.
More chicken are killed by humans than any other land animal. This is morally wrong, argues an Australian bioethicist
If abortion, why not infanticide? This leading question is often treated as a canard by supporters of abortion. However, it is seriously argued by two Italian utilitarians and published online in the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics this week.
Voters in Mississippi have decided that a fertilised egg should not be granted the legal rights and privileges of a child or adult human.
A ballot initiative in Mississippi could raise the stakes in the acrimonious American abortion debate. Proposition 26 affirms that personhood begins at conception. It seeks to add the following sentence to the state constitution: “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof”
Voters in Mississippi will have the chance to decide on the personhood of the unborn in November.
Mixing human and animal material should be approached with great caution, says the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in a report issued yesterday. But it recommends that some highly controversial experiments should be allowed to proceed, including modifying an animal’s brain to make it more human-like and the generation or propagation of functional human germ cells in animals.
American political science commentator Francis Fukuyama once called transhumanism the world’s most dangerous idea. Whether this is true depends on your aspirations for society. But a brief article in Discover by a staffer with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, a transhumanist thinktank, Kyle Munkittrick, at least shows that society will be very different if transhumanism gets traction.
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