Yale to host conference on non-human personhood
Michael Cook | 13 April 2013 |
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.
Dawkins on the humanity of the foetus
Michael Cook | 21 March 2013 |
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins created quite a stir on the internet with one of his tweets (9000+ and going strong).
Colorado hospital apologises over personhood dispute
Michael Cook | 09 February 2013 |
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.
Human exceptionalism is for the birds
Michael Cook | 07 September 2012 |
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.
Finger-lickin’ good is not a good enough reason
Michael Cook | 16 June 2012 |
More chicken are killed by humans than any other land animal. This is morally wrong, argues an Australian bioethicist
Ethicists give thumbs-up to infanticide
Michael Cook | 25 February 2012 |
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.
Personhood amendment in Mississippi fails
Jared Yee | 12 November 2011 |
Voters in Mississippi have decided that a fertilised egg should not be granted the legal rights and privileges of a child or adult human.
Mississippi debates personhood in abortion battle
Michael Cook | 29 October 2011 |
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”
Mississippi voters can decide on personhood of the unborn: ruling
Jared Yee | 16 September 2011 |
Voters in Mississippi will have the chance to decide on the personhood of the unborn in November.
Approach Frankenstein experiments gingerly, says UK report
Michael Cook | 23 July 2011 |
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.
Transhumanist sets goalposts for the future
Michael Cook | 23 July 2011 |
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.
US pets get better shot at treatment than people
Jared Yee | 07 August 2010 |
Stem cells for dogs?
Embryos not human, rules Korean high court
Michael Cook | 04 June 2010 |
Upholds mandatory disposal after 5 years
Swiss decide their animals don’t need lawyers
Michael Cook | 08 March 2010 |
Overwhelmingly rejected in referendum
Practical problems of ape personhood
Michael Cook | 06 March 2010 |
Who will police them?
Are dolphins persons?
Michael Cook | 07 January 2010 |
Call for interspecies ethic
Alaska personhood ballot initiative incites opposition
Jared Yee | 12 December 2009 |
Lawsuit over ballot to extend personhood prior to birth