My Homunculus Made Me Do It!

Many readers will be familiar with the “Sokal Hoax”, in which a nonsensical paper was submitted to, and accepted by, the journal Social Text, thereby demonstrating the vacuity of at least some PoMo theorising.  Well, John MacLachlan has repeated the feat, having had a patently absurd abstract accepted for presentation at a conference on integrative […]

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Conference: Paying for blood and organs is not so bad: A Debate

Allowing sales of gametes and body parts and offering incentives to increase provision have been some of the more controversial suggestions to narrow the gap between demand and supply. Drawing on Richard Titmuss’ work on blood, many have argued that financial incentives reduce supply by driving out altruistic donors as well as reducing the quality […]

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Conf and CFP: 5th Postgraduate Bioethics Conference

Social Scientific Approaches to Bioethics: Methods and Methodologies 5-7 January 2011, Wellcome Conference Centre, Euston Road, London Post the empirical turn scholars at work in bioethics have been making continually greater use of social scientific approaches. One the one hand this can be seen as a fulfilment of the promise of bioethics as a truly […]

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Conference Report: ESPMH, Zagreb

Guest post by Nathan Emmerich. This year the annual conference of the European Society for the Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare (ESMPH) was held in the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, University of Zagreb. Participants came from across Europe for the four day event which was focussed on Human Nature. Many of the presenters […]

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WCB 2010: The Post-Mortem

SO… For those of you who’ve just spent four Singaporean days braving fierce heat and humidity outside and fierce air-conditioning inside, how was it for you?  What were the hits and misses of this year’s WCB? I’ll start the ball rolling: I particularly enjoyed Anthony Wrigley’s paper on proxy proxies, and am looking forward to […]

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