Bioethics anniversaries: Doctor Who
In a week in which the US mourns the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, Dr Who fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cult TV series. The timing is not particularly sensitive, but tonight the BBC presents a special episode, “The Day of the Doctor.”
What if we had a pill for the madness of love?
Should we take pills to rid ourselves of helpless passions?
Savulescu warns that “love-diminishing” drugs could be used for gay “conversion therapy”
Drugs could be used to reverse homosexual inclinations.
Death’s too good for these crims, says Oxford bioethicist.
Some sentences could be worse than death.
Head transplants just a few million dollars away, neuroscientist claims
A British neuroscientist has spoken enthusiastically about the possibility of performing a head transplant for patients with debilitating illnesses.
Yale to host conference on non-human personhood
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.
Make the world a better place. Take nice drugs.
Is moral bioenhancement the answer to the dark clouds gathering over the future of humanity?
Will Armstrong’s confession change cycling?
The canary is dead. Now, what about the coal mine? After Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Winfrey in a 90-minute television that he won all of his seven Tour de France titles with the help of performance-enhancing drugs, will cycling become drug-free?
What happens if soldiers get a “psychological vaccination”?
What happens if soldiers are taught to ignore compassion?
Savulescu and Harris debate enhancing morality
Two utilitarians slug it out over enhancing morality.
Another Hollywood bioethics lesson
The bioethics angle in Cloud Atlas.
Are drugs or democracy our bulwark against the apocalypse?
A new book by Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu, Unfit for the Future, fills in the case for biomedical moral enhancement which they have been making in journal articles recently
Paralympic cheats: is pain a drug?
In a practice called boosting, paralympic athletes subject their body to extreme pain to raise their blood pressure and heart beat.
Russian billionaire offers immortality by 2045
The dream of achieving biological immortality may have taken a big step forward. A 31-year-old Russian billionaire, Dmitry Itskov, claims that his research team will be able to transplant a human brain into an artificial body by 2020, And by 2045 he is sure that he will be able to create hologram avatars with the same capabilities as the humans in the James Cameron film.
Bourne gets enhanced!
Hollywood takes a definitive look at genetic enhancement in the latest instalment in the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy – to be released next week.
Should Olympic athletes be allowed to use performance-enhancing drugs?
The London Olympics have arrived and with them come familiar controversies over drug cheats. IOC President Jacques Rogge said yesterday that tests had identified more than 100 cheats in the lead-up to the Games. Years of tough restrictions appear to be bearing fruit, with fewer scandals every time the Olympics are held.
Are cognitive neuroenhancing drugs ethical? German ethicists say No
The near frontier of human enhancement is coffee on steroids: the drugs of the future that will make you smarter, sharper and quicker. This is misguided and risks being unethical, argue four German ethicists in the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics.
“Love is the drug”, from the Best Of Julian Savulescu
Two Oxford bioethicists have proposed a novel solution to the scourge of 50% divorce rates – use love drugs to keep the flame of love alive. Writing in New Scientist, Julian Savulescu, of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Anders Sandberg, of the Future of Humanity Institute, argue that evolution made humans unfit for lifelong marriage.
Yet another Modest Proposal: save the world from climate change by genetically engineering your kids
Modest proposals, in sense given the phrase by the great 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift, are flavour of the month in the bioethics community.
Towards a cure for racism?
Can you cure racism with drugs? Probably not, but a common heart disease medication, propranolol, can affect a person's subconscious attitudes towards race, Oxford University researchers have found. In a study published in Psychopharmacology, researchers gave 18 people the drug propranolol and 18 people a placebo and found that the propranolol group had significantly less subconscious racial bias. There was no significant difference in the groups' explicit attitudes to other races.
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