Science

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Who Should Get the Vaccine First?

Our basic equality needs to be respected in processes that determine who gets what.
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Life-Life Tradeoffs in the Midst of a Pandemic

On what basis should we decide where our limited medical resources go? What is just? What is fair? Is any decision unobjectionable?
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Re-evaluating Addiction: The Immoral Moralizing of Alcoholics Anonymous

With no evidence of effectiveness and some troubling threads in its doctrines, AA has a powerful reputation it hasn't earned.
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Hydroxychloroquine and the Ethical Pitfalls of Private Science

The retraction of three papers on treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine reflect a crisis in the scientific community: how to handle data from private companies. What reforms are necessary to avoid such data-based scandals in the future?
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Rural Health Disparities and Telemedicine

Those in rural areas face a significantly higher risk of death from common causes than their urban counterparts. Is telemedicine the solution to this disparity?
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Life on Mars? Cognitive Biases and the Ethics of Belief

Romoser's claims concerning the existence of life on Mars raise questions about the requirements for having justified beliefs.
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Some Hospitals Sue Their Delinquent Patients. Should They?

Is healthcare like any other consumer good in the marketplace or does it occupy a privileged position that requires special protections? Our answer has far-reaching implications.
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Forbidden Knowledge in Scientific Research

Given the profound societal effect that scientific studies can have, are there kinds of research that shouldn't be done or results that shouldn't be published? Can scientific censorship be justified?
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Commodification and Exploitation in Egg Donation

Egg donation holds invaluable promise for many, but it is also rife with societal implications for all.

Marieke Vervoort and Deciding How to Die

The recent passing of Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort prompts reflection on the thorny issues surrounding aid in dying legislation.