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The Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health invites you to attend the Sixth Annual International Bioethics Conference
Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, 2011
Location: The Inn at Longwood Medical, 342 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA
Today, I heard a professor talk about the use of emotionally persuasive terms in abortion dialogue. He said to use the term baby for a 4 week old piece of tissue, and to call an abortion murder was absurd and inflammatory. These terms definitely obscure debate, but are they simply inflammatory terms? Though I was conflicted, I don’t believe this is the case.
Consider the fact that to many Christians there is a something called murder, as assured by a belief that there is such a thing as an objective moral truth, a truth firmly embedded in God, a real being. For them, God has deeply etched morality into the universe, making it real. For them, when you kill a human being, you have done an action that has a real existence as murder.
From the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference:
The 2011 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference hosted at Duke University, March 18-20, 2011 is right around the corner. We hope you are considering coming to hear the great speakers and meet students from all over the country who are interested in bioethics! We are covering a broad range of bioethical issues personalized medicine and genomics and in global health. We are excited to have recently received so many great abstracts for student presentations and have just posted the ones we accepted on our website.
There is still time to sign up to as a team to participate in the Bioethics Bowl. Deadline is February 18.
Have you ever Stepped on a nail and not felt it–then: Pain Strikes you. You’ve been standing on the nail for a minute, but because you had your mind focused on the hottie walking by, you didn’t notice it. This is revealing. It reveals that pain (the phenomenological pain) is a process of higher order functions. The “I” becomes aware of the of the pain and then it becomes “I-pain”. In psychology, there is a distinction between aversive reactions and physiological response to a stimuli and the phenomenological pain response to a stimuli. Aversive reactions can take place without pain, but are many times accompanied by pain—emotional or physical, which are processed in the same area of the brain (see last months Scientific American). Now, humans and higher order animals can feel pain, but lower order animals may not feel phenomenological pain because they don’t have the “I” concept or the ability the higher order brain functions to process suffering as anything more than a stimuli and response. When we talk about ethics with animals, we should consider degrees of suffering.
The Hastings Center
offers an intern program that provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work at The Hastings Center, either on a particular project or project-in-development or in a particular Hastings Center department such as Library, Editorial, or Development.
For summer internships (May – August), applications should be received before March 1st. At all other times, prospective interns should apply at least 4 weeks before they would anticipate beginning the internship.
Here is an updated announcement from the coordinators of the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference:
Join us for an exploration of current controversies in bioethics related to this year’s theme, “Bioethics: More Personal or More Global?” at the 2011 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference hosted at Duke University, March 18-20, 2011. It will bring together leaders in bioethics and students from across the nation to address a broad range of bioethical issues in personal genomics and global health.
The conference offers opportunities for students to submit a paper or participate in the Bioethics Bowl. Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 17. Deadline to sign up as a team for the Bioethics Bowl is February 18.
From the Duke University Undergraduate Bioethics Society:
Join us for an exploration of current controversies in bioethics related to this year’s theme, “Bioethics: More Personal or More Global?” at the 2011 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference hosted at Duke University, March 18-20, 2011. It will address a broad range of bioethical issues, from personal genomics to global health.
It should be very clear by this stage of human historical development that many of our contemporary problems are best addressed by markets rather than by governments. Indeed, one could argue that the only manner in which resources are allocated in a rational means is only achievable by market forces, not arbitrary government figures. When markets are allowed to function, great social progress is more often than not reached. Perhaps given these sets of facts it becomes all the more puzzling as to the outright banishment of certain markets. This blog post will center on the banned market for organ sales, specifically kidney sales.
Scientists have found a surprising link between magnets and morality. A person’s moral judgments can be changed almost instantly by delivering a magnetic pulse to an area of the brain near the right ear, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
There’s an interesting couple of posts over at Psych Central about using fMRI techonology to image the brains of psychopaths. Such techonology, if available, brings up interesting questions all around. One ethical question is one that has already been explored in science fiction–if we are able to tell who is (potentially) a psychopath and capable of horrendous behavior, what should we do? Curtail deviant behavior? Let it happen? What about the rights of the patient/participant in a study?
From the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference:
We are emailing to request undergraduate presentation proposals for the 2010 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. Submit your abstract now because the deadline for submissions is January 25th!
Interested students can find the presentation proposal form on our website at www.nubc2010.org/submissions.html.
The 2010 NUBC will be held March 26th-27th and will focus on this year’s theme, “Bioethics in Obama’s America.” The conference will be held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and will be the first time the annual conference will take place on the West Coast.
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics invites submissions from students for its 19th Annual Meeting (March 4-7, 2010):
Submissions are invited on ethical issues in various fields (e.g., public administration, law, the environment, accounting, engineering, computer science, research ethics, business, medicine, health care, journalism, higher education) and on issues that cut across professions. Special consideration will be given to topics that deal with ethical issues which cut across at least two disciplines or professions and are co-authored by persons from different disciplines.
The undergraduate submission deadline is October 30, 2009. The CFP and other details are available here.
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The 11th Annual National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference
“Bioethics: The New Issues”
at Harvard University
March 13-14, 2009
Presented by the Harvard Undergraduate Bioethics Society
Are you interested in hearing Peter Singer, Steven Hyman, Jim Kim, or Leon Eisenberg speak?
Would you like to attend panel discussions on Neuroethics, Organ Markets, Medical Ethics and Reproductive Technology with experts in the field? Would you like to participate in small group seminars with some of the biggest names in bioethics?
Friday, October 11- Saturday, October 11th, 2008
Presented by the Wolfson Children Hospital with the University of North Florida and the Florida Bioethics Network. Also, you can expect to see two of our very own UNF professors: Dr. Alissa Swota and Dr. Julie Ingersoll!