When Uncertainty Cuts Both Ways

A burning down cigarette stands on top of a pile of coins with a blurry skull in the background.

Currently, I am in the throes of my research area on The Epistemology of Ignorance. I've written before about duties we have to acquire knowledge, and what sorts of knowledge is ethically salient. However, in many cases we simply cannot have perfect knowledge, and so, we arrive at a state of uncertainty... or do we?… Continue reading When Uncertainty Cuts Both Ways

Epistemologies of Ignorance

An ape scratches his chin, as though in thought.

My newest philosophical area of interest is in Epistemology of Ignorance studies, also known as Agnotology. So today, I want to explain what this research area constitutes, why it's important, and how it connects to further important ethical questions, especially regarding things like fake news, inclusion, microaggressions, and more. So first off, what is the… Continue reading Epistemologies of Ignorance

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?

Sexual Orientation & Technology

I am queer. I am an openly bi/pansexual woman, though due to my current relationship I pass as straight. My sexual orientation is important to me, and I feel incredibly lucky that I am aware of it despite society's heteronormativity because it gives me the ability to appreciate the romantic and sexual potential of all… Continue reading Sexual Orientation & Technology

Generating AI Values and Norms

I was recently recommended the following request for input* on the ethical design of AI systems and various corollary technologies. Some of the things that are included in this treatise (and it is well worth the read!) are things that I've talked about before: accountability, transparency, bias, etc. However, one of the really interesting ideas… Continue reading Generating AI Values and Norms

AI Ethics: On the invisibility and reproduction of bias

An ethics report was recently published by the AI Now Institute looking at some of the ethical problems that still exist with AI, which are not being considered by tech companies, nor enforced by governmental agents. The paper divides the ethical issues caused by the proliferation of AI into 4 broad categories: Labor and Automation, Bias… Continue reading AI Ethics: On the invisibility and reproduction of bias

Duties of Knowledge


One of the things I love most about philosophy, and in particular ethics, is that philosophy is the study of everything. When you study philosophy you can study History, English, Science, Math, Language, Politics, Law, and probably literally everything else you can think of. I think this situates philosophy as a uniquely versatile and intersectional… Continue reading Duties of Knowledge

Dirty Little Secrets: How paranoia about the risks of technology reveals our existing prejudices

So you may have realized by now, but one of the things I find most fascinating about ethics is not just high-level discussion about how we value things, or what we should value, but also how we apply those values and make decisions about things we haven't had enough time to make informed moral opinions about.… Continue reading Dirty Little Secrets: How paranoia about the risks of technology reveals our existing prejudices

CRISPR: Weighing Unknown Outcomes

A few weeks ago, this position paper was published by The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Workgroup on Human Germline Genome Editing on the subject of human germline editing. Germline editing, made (possibly) easy with CRISPR Cas9 technology, raises new ethical dilemmas about the way we interact with reproduction, disability, and genetic destinies. Some of… Continue reading CRISPR: Weighing Unknown Outcomes