Driven by a desire to eliminate pain, some people have shockingly advocated taking the rest of nature with us.
Nov. 17, 2020 • ~8 min
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Philosophers say now is the time to mull over what qualities should grant an artificially intelligent machine moral standing.
Oct. 27, 2020 • ~10 min
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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.
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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If every action spilts the universe into different versions, what does that mean for free will?
April 30, 2020 • ~6 min
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Whether we miss them, feel guilty about not having appreciated them more or struggle to forgive them, remembering our parents can hurt. Here's how to move on.
April 16, 2020 • ~11 min
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A lot of numbers are being tossed around about COVID-19 and what to expect in the future. They're being used to make critical public health decisions, but they aren't as simple as they appear.
April 10, 2020 • ~8 min
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The captain of a ship, or a soul, doesn't sail while ignoring the wind – sometimes they go with it, sometimes against it, but they always account for it.
March 12, 2020 • ~8 min
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