The Ethics Blog

A blog from the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Month: January 2013

What does it mean to simulate the human brain?

Earlier this week the exciting news was released that the Human Brain Project is one of the two Flagship Initiatives launched by the European Commission. The project is an international collaboration between more than 80 research institutions. It will create computer models of the human brain to help us better understand the brain and its diseases. It […]

Athletes’ feeling that doping is okay is socially created

Doping is often discussed as the individual athlete’s own decision. The athlete wants to win and strategically chooses to take drugs to reach the goal. When the cyclist Lance Armstrong recently confessed that he used performance enhancing drugs while he won Tour de France seven times, he personally took responsibility for his actions and presented […]

Public ethics and human morality

Is ethics universally valid or can we act differently as moral individuals than as ethical representatives of public institutions? I just read a well-argued article in Science Policy Forum, discussing whether patients should be paid for their tissue. As their point of departure, the authors cite the (by now) famous case of Henrietta Lacks. Contrary to […]

Human and animal: where is the frontline?

Yesterday I read Lars Hertzberg’s thoughtful blog, Language is things we do. His latest post drew my attention to a militant humanist, Raymond Tallis (who resembles another militant humanist, Roger Scruton). Tallis published Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity. He summarizes his book in this presentation on YouTube. Tallis gesticulates violently. As […]

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