Live-Donor Transplants: A Real Prisoner’s Dilemma

You may have seen in the news recently the story of Jamie and Gladys Scott, two sisters in Mississippi serving a life prison sentence for armed robbery.    Jamie requires dialysis, and has been offered parole on medical grounds; Gladys has been granted parole on condition that she agree to donate a kidney to her sister.  (The […]

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Conference Report: Consent and Organ Donation Seminar, Keele

Guest post by Sorcha Uí Chonnachtaigh On Thursday, 9 December, the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele hosted a Wellcome funded seminar entitled “Consent and Organ Donation” to coincide with the final lecture in a series on organ donation by visiting Leverhulme Professor Martin Wilkinson. Martin’s lecture on Wednesday evening (8 December), “Reforms for the […]

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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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Savulescu on Mathematical Enhancement

Over at Practical Ethics, Julian Savulescu has been thinking about the possibilities raised by the observation that brain stimulation would appear to have increased the mathematical ability of trial participants.  He concludes that the observation – and the implicit uses to which it could be put – are ethically important. One of the arguments he […]

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