COVID-19

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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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Pandemic Beliefs and Lost Causes

Speaking only to one's faithful followers is not an effective strategy for solving collective action problems, but it takes a good deal of courage to not give up.
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Slow and Steady Wins the Race; or, How Not To Confuse...

The virtue of patience is being replaced by expediency. But what marks the appropriate time to sidestep procedure?
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The Quandary of Contact Tracing Tech

Different governments' contact tracing strategies raise important questions about public health and personal privacy.
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The Small but Unsettling Voice of the Expert Skeptic

When even our experts disagree how can we locate the proper balance between skepticism, agnosticism, and justified belief?
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COVID-19 to Climate Change: Who Can Act?

The concerted effort required to overcome our current predicament is a proving ground for the battle that still awaits us.
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Conspiracy Theories and Emotions in the Time of Coronavirus

We need to rethink our relation to the news; the common ways we acquire and share information is tapping into some of our worst impulses.
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Stories of Vulnerability: COVID-19 in Slaughterhouses

The current crisis has provided a new context to evaluate our relationship to meat and the machinery that produces it. Can we justify the cost of this "vital" labor?
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Novak Djokovic and the Expectations of Celebrity

Do the responsibilities of celebrity extend to keeping some of their opinions to themselves? Must they play by a different set of rules than the general public?
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Figleaves, Bothsidesing, and the Ethics of Implication

The disconnect between semantic and pragmatic meaning hides all sorts of political motive and epistemic claims.