Medicine is a multi-faceted and complex field, made even more complex by political and social realities which influence our health and our access to healthcare. Usually, when we think of medicine we think about it straightforwardly, however. We think about going to the doctor or hospital, being prescribed some medicine or undergoing some treatment or… Continue reading Redefining the Purpose of Medicine
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
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
As you might know by now, cyborgs & prosthesis ethics are kind of my thing. So when I saw this article last week, I paid attention. Essentially, its a report (and questioning of why this would be researched in the first place) on new prosthesis that can feel pain. Developments in prosthesis are happening all… Continue reading Is Pain Necessary?
On September 29th, 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency added gene editing to the list of banned techniques. The World Anti-Doping Agency is one of the major bodies that prescribes the list of banned substances and techniques for athletes that athletes must abstain from or risk losing their status or eligibility for competitions which are integral… Continue reading Transhumanism, Athletic Performance, and Fairness
As some of you may know, I am a huge sf nerd. I say "sf" instead of "sci-fi" because of how much of a huge nerd I am. I think in many ways, sf, or at least the sf I love best is often a good way to do philosophy- and in particular, moral philosophy!… Continue reading Sci-Fi Syndrome and Government Policy
Something that's been really interesting for me writing these posts is how fucking cool bodies are. I mean, I always knew bodies were cool. I have been a dancer since I was 4, and an aerialist since I was 20, and even if I can't do all the coolest shit, I know some amazing humans who… Continue reading Theories of Disability: Why Paradigm Analysis is Important
You know the situation. You're talking with someone you know, but not super well, and somehow it comes up. Maybe its the idea of diversity quotas in the workplace, maybe it's the latest case of horrendous cultural appropriation. Regardless, these words come out "That's so unfair. Why do they get that privilege? It's like reverse… Continue reading Dichotomies (Another Reason You Can’t Be Racist Against White People)