The moral arguments against capital punishment are well rehearsed, that is: 1) it is wrong because all killing is wrong, 2) it is unjust because it is irreversible (and does not allow for rehabilitation), and 3) it does not act as a deterrent. This short Journeyman Pictures film from 1996 looks at capital punishment through the … More Dead Man Walking in the USA
Two science reporters at the BBC – Jason Palmer and Paul Rincon – have put together an article outlining their predictions as to what the main science stories will be in 2012. A difficult task for sure, but I think they get it just about right. Three of their predictions are as follows: 1) Thanks to … More What will Science Reveal in 2012?
In the short clip below, NASA bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe talks about the ethical implications of ‘designer brains’. His basic premise is that being able to manipulate the genetics of our offspring signals a quantum change in the way we reproduce. What are the implications as we begin to contemplate ‘micromanaging’ the genetics of our … More Designer Brains?
A couple of years ago I signed the newly released ‘Charter for Compassion’. Today, it has over 71,000 signatories from every continent and hailing from all religious traditions (and none). The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national difference. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule … More No Future Without Compassion….