The Ethics Blog

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

Month: November 2016

The apparent academy

What can we believe in? The question acquires new urgency when the IT revolution makes it easier to spread information through channels that obey other laws than those hitherto characterizing journalism and academic publishing. The free flow of information online requires a critical stance. That critical stance, however, requires a certain division of labor. It […]

The brain develops in interaction with culture

The brain develops dramatically during childhood. These neural changes occur in the child’s interaction with its environment. The brain becomes a brain that functions in the culture in which it develops. If a child is mistreated, if it is deprived of important forms of interaction, like language and care, the brain is deprived of its […]

What is the risk?

To communicate about genetic risk with patients, we need to know how people think about risk and that experts and people in general often think differently. A common feature, however, is this: Risk has to do with future adverse events. We talk about the risk of getting sick. But we rarely talk about the risk […]

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