Science

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The Ethics of Philosophical Exemptions

Given the threat to public health, what bar should a claim to philosophical exemption from vaccination need to clear?
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What It Means to Legalize Euthanasia

Societal acceptance of physician-assisted suicide has been growing, but the costs aren't always so easy to see.
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Depression, “Special K,” and the FDA

A powerful new antidepressant is set to hit the market, but should the FDA be in the business of fast-tracking drug approval based on need?
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The Ethics of Vaccination Exemptions

The recent measles outbreak in Washington should prompt us to reexamine how we balance public health and individual religious conviction.
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Australia’s Pill Testing and Different Versions of Harm Minimization

This article examines the ethical implications of measuring the purity of the ingredients drugs so recreational users can be informed about the substances.
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Sparking Joy: The Ethics of Medically-Induced Happiness

What should our outlook be on "medically induced" happiness? Is it the same as "natural" happiness?
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Our Bodies, Ourselves?  Death, Values, and the Material We Leave Behind

Autopsies and exhumations: what are our duties to the dead?
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Passing the Mirror Test and the Wrong of Pain

We often define the moral community on the basis of whether a being is self-aware or not. But what happens when our scientific conceptions of consciousness change?
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Pinterest’s Block on Anti-Vaccination Content

Pinterest quietly removed anti-vaccination content from the site, making both 'anti-vax' and 'vaccine' unsearchable. Was this the right thing to do?
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The Perils of Globalizing Mental Health

Is the western understanding of mental health and mental illness necessarily the best understanding?