AI is killing choice and chance – which means changing what it means to be human

By letting machines recommend movies and decide whom to hire, humans are losing their unpredictable nature – and possibly the ability to make everyday judgments, as well.

Dan Feldman, Senior Research Fellow, Applied Ethics Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~7 min

Why using fear to promote COVID-19 vaccination and mask wearing could backfire

History holds some lessons about when scaring people to change their behavior works. Two public health experts offer a case for caution right now.

Ronald Bayer, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~8 min

COVID-19 crisis in Los Angeles: Why activating 'crisis standards of care' is crucial for overwhelmed hospitals

States and hospitals are starting to declare 'crisis standards of care' as the pandemic floods their ERs. The orders have consequences – both good and bad, as a medical ethicist explains.

Maria Howard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2021 ~8 min

In a time of social and environmental crisis, Aldo Leopold's call for a 'land ethic' is still relevant

Jan. 11 marks the birthday of conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), who called for thinking about land as a living community to protect, not a resource to exploit.

Curt D. Meine, Adjunct Associate Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~9 min

Challenge trials for a coronavirus vaccine are unethical – except for in one unlikely scenario

Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.

Ben Bramble, Visiting Fellow, Princeton University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits

The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.

Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

There are two principles governments use to make public health decisions, and on mask-wearing they're in direct conflict.

Fiona McDonald, Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Coronavirus: allocating ICU beds and ventilators based on age is discriminatory

Being a member of a certain age group shouldn't be a liability.

Alexandru Marcoci, Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Boris Johnson will be receiving the same special treatment other patients do in NHS intensive care

The fundamental ethos of the NHS is egalitarian.

Dominic Wilkinson, Consultant Neonatologist and Professor of Ethics, University of Oxford • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~5 min