Cannabis, Obesity, and Trust’s Role in Healthcare

Welcome to cannabis legalization Canada, a place where there are approximately 100 cannabis thinkpieces per day that range the gamut from where the shortages are to how cannabis will impact employment practices and relationships. In addition to these though, I have noticed a concerning trend of stories, where cannabis use is seen by doctors as… Continue reading Cannabis, Obesity, and Trust’s Role in Healthcare

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New Principles for Bioethics

The more I study ethics, the more I think that the fundamental problem is simply this: How to get people to care about others. But in the lack of an answer to that question (and I don't have one, let me know if you do), we rely on theories and principles so that individuals who… Continue reading New Principles for Bioethics

Transparency vs. Privacy

I just got back from an amazing week of travel, including attending Can*Con 2018, an amazing conference for Science Fiction and Fantasy in Ottawa, ON. This conference was my first time as a panelist, and even though I was there as a writer, a lot of what I spoke on was philosophy (this con likes… Continue reading Transparency vs. Privacy

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

I've spoken before about how power enters into considerations of morality- from fiduciary responsibilities, to responsibilities we have as carers and parents, to how power means that certain relationships are barred to us if we want to behave in ethical ways. Today, I want to examine some reasons we have for this, essentially why we… Continue reading With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Comments on a National Pharmacare Strategy

Hello ghouls and ghosties, welcome to October! My life is a little crazy right now between the PhD, and upcoming travel for some writerly related appearances, more on that on my other blog, if you're interested. As a result, this week instead of a traditional blog, I'm posting the comments I provided to the Government… Continue reading Comments on a National Pharmacare Strategy

Autonomy- A Useful Fiction?

I've talked before at length about autonomy, and it's corollary, paternalism. I've also mentioned some problems with free will, and how we may be able to solve it with compatibilism. Today, I want to tie all of these threads together in light of an article I read in my feminist bioethics class. Autonomy Autonomy is… Continue reading Autonomy- A Useful Fiction?

Why Inaction is Action

One of the goals of developing an ethical system is usually that that system will be internally consistent. Another is that it will provide a map for making decisions in the moral sphere that will not lead to two different decisions. However, that does not mean that it always ends up with the same decision,… Continue reading Why Inaction is Action

Quality vs. Quantity at the End of Life

Welcome back to the final pre-PhD Moral Guillotines! This will be my last post until mid-September, but I promise I'll be back soon. On that note, today's post will be about death. As humans, we generally like to avoid unpleasant things. Some of these things are concrete, like harm, some of these things are social,… Continue reading Quality vs. Quantity at the End of Life

Better than we Are

Aristotle was the first (known) philosopher to posit that we can become better people. He thought we could do this by modifying our actions in such a way that acting morally became an unconscious habit, and that we could know what morality was by watching paragons of virtue and imitating them. Now, the interesting things (for today's… Continue reading Better than we Are

Morally Grey Contexts & Policy Implications

A couple weeks ago, I introduced you all the ideas of moral and immoral contexts. The idea that sometimes we live in a society in which does not punish immoral behavior, and sometimes we live in a society that does. But we can imagine a third kind of context- a context where ostensibly our society punishes… Continue reading Morally Grey Contexts & Policy Implications