Xavier Symons

Xavier Symons is a Masters student in philosophy at Sydney University and has a keen interest in bioethics. Aside from his studies he enjoys playing guitar and reading American literature. He has contributed to a number of online publications, in addition to his work with BioEdge.

Xavier Symons | 23 May 2015 |
tags: euthanasia, existential suffering, hospitals, public policy, UK
The fear of a miserable death in a hospital bed rather than at home is driving public support for mercy-killing law in the UK.

Xavier Symons | 23 May 2015 |
tags: murder, nurses, regulation, UK
A Filipino nurse in the UK has been found guilty of deliberately contaminating the intravenous fluids of patients.

Xavier Symons | 21 May 2015 |
tags: autonomy, informed consent, interviews, Jehovah's Witness, virtue ethics
In an exclusive BioEdge interview, presidential advisor and renown bioethicist Daniel P. Sulmasy discusses the principle of informed consent.

Xavier Symons | 16 May 2015 |
tags: applied ethics, philosophical bioethics, postmodernism, public health, public policy
A leading bioethics journal has taken philosophical bioethics by the horns -- and published a collection of essays.

Xavier Symons | 16 May 2015 |
tags: artificial intelligence, existential risk, robotics, Stephen Hawking, transhumanism
With rapid developments in artificial intelligence, academics and industry leaders are warning of an existential threat

Xavier Symons | 16 May 2015 |
tags: crime, DNA database, DNA testing, genetic privacy, privacy
A New Orleans man has accused police of an invasion of privacy after they forcibly obtained his genetic information.

Xavier Symons | 16 May 2015 |
tags: law, new frontiers, paternity, sperm donation, US
A Virginia 'sperm donor' has been granted custody of his genetic child after deciding he wanted to be a father.

Xavier Symons | 9 May 2015 |
tags: Canada, euthanasia, informed consent, mental illness, paternalism
Why not legalise euthanasia for those suffering from an untreatable mental illness?

Xavier Symons | 9 May 2015 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, law, religion, South Africa
A South African judge has defended a ruling he made in favor of assisted suicide.

Xavier Symons | 9 May 2015 |
tags: brain scans, neuroethics, neuroscience, neurotechnology, US
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of brain-technology patents in the US.

Xavier Symons | 9 May 2015 |
tags: doctor-patient relationship, medical school, patient care, professional conduct, virtue ethics
Patients often complain that new doctors lack empathy. What’s the solution?

Xavier Symons | 2 May 2015 |
tags: determinism, interviews, law, neurolaw, neuroscience, US
Renown academic and presidential advisor Nita Farahany recently spoke with BioEdge about neuroscience and the law.

Xavier Symons | 2 May 2015 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, law, South Africa
On Thursday a South African court ruled that a 65-year-old man should be allowed to undergo assisted suicide.

Xavier Symons | 2 May 2015 |
tags: death penalty, lethal drugs, lethal injection, US
The Pew Research Centre has released revealing new statistics on opinions about the death penalty in the US.

Xavier Symons | 2 May 2015 |
tags: environmental ethics, environmentalism, human exceptionalism, Nature, synthetic biology
A new environmentalist movement believes in protecting all life -- "right down to the cellular level".

Xavier Symons | 25 Apr 2015 |
tags: animal rights, human exceptionalism, law, personhood, US
A New York State judge has ordered Stony Brook University to justify its detention of two chimpanzees.

Xavier Symons | 25 Apr 2015 |
tags: professional integrity, science fraud, social priming, social psychology
The scandal-ridden field of social priming research has taken yet another blow.

Xavier Symons | 25 Apr 2015 |
tags: Germany, IVF, reproductive rights, Ukraine
A 65-year-old German woman has fallen pregnant via IVF to quadruplets.

Xavier Symons | 25 Apr 2015 |
tags: brain death, clinical ethics, clinical practice, end of life, organ harvesting
An international consensus on brain death will be very difficult, say US neurologists.

Xavier Symons | 3 Apr 2015 |
tags: interviews, medical students, principalism, professional ethics, virtue ethics
Philosopher Kristján Kristjánsson recently spoke to BioEdge about the importance of virtue in medicine.

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