Science

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The Politics of Depression

The growing sense of unease, distress, and exhaustion that many experience is a symptom of a political and social disease.
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Bad Science, Bad Science Reporting

The problems of design and bias within scientific studies are only amplified by the way news outlets choose to frame findings.
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On “Doing Your Own Research”

For many, the pandemic is only further tarnishing science's name. But we need to raise the bar for what does (and does not) constitute research.
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Morality Pills Aren’t Enough

Empathy may not be the only obstacle standing in the way of depoliticizing mask use.
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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.