Discussions

A homeodynamic group of people talking about issues on the frontiers of the biomedical landscape.

 

Year 1, 2017 – 2018.

001. First, do no harm. A discussion concerning the basis of care.

002. Organ and body donations. A discussion on the give and take of our very selves.

003. Human experimentation. A discussion testing the limits of testing ourselves.

004. Big data, little privacy. A discussion on the shape of things to come.

005. Universal healthcare. A discussion on the (inevitable?) end of medicine.

006. Family in medicine. A discussion on love, blood, and responsibility.

007. Death. A discussion on our ends.

008. Abortion. A discussion “going there” respectfully.

009. Assisted reproduction. A discussion for the bravest in the new world.

010. Prenatal screening. A discussion on early look and tough decisions.

011. Genetic manipulation. A discussion on changing our codes.

012. LGBTQ health. A discussion including inclusion and finding ourselves.

013. Vaccination. A discussion on public health and individual choice.

014. Regulation. A discussion about the maze and the pathway.

015. Posthumanity. A discussion on our end.

 

Year 2, 2018 – 2019.

016. Neuroethics. A discussion on the origins of our moral situation.

017. Drugs. A discussion on the manipulation of our biochemical status.

018. Alternative medicine. A discussion at the boundaries of the medical sciences.

019. Zombies. A discussion of the living, the dead, and those in between.

020. Cloning. A discussion coping with copying, seeing double, and creating anew.

021. Animal experimentation. A discussion testing the limitations of our testing limitations.

022. Suicide. A discussion on our (chosen?) ends.

023. Race. A discussion on (in)equality that’s more than skin deep.

024. Gender. A discussion on who we are, who society sees, and who we want to be.

025. Circumcision. A discussion on health, tradition, and mutilation.

026. Pain. A discussion on what we (don’t want to) feel.

027. Mental health. A discussion on our internal (dys)functions.

028. Eugenics. A discussion on who ought to be here.

029. Replicability of medical studies. A discussion on the significance of our results.

030. Extinction. A discussion on our (inevitable?) ends.

 

Year 3, 2019 – 2020.

031. Self. A discussion on us by us.

032. Body/modification. A discussion on distorted selves and distorting selves.

033. Body/art. A discussion on aesthetics.

034. Fear. A discussion past where we dare to tread.

035. Body/politics. A discussion on government.

036. CitiesA discussion on our new environment.

037. AntinatalismA discussion on the end to our means.

038. Others. A discussion on us and them, but mostly them.

039. MichiganA discussion on our state.

040. LoveA discussion on the chemistry of our biology.

041. Overpopulation. A discussion on one too many.

042. Public health. A discussion on the health of our society.

043. Solitude. A discussion on who we are when we are alone.

044. Responsibility. A discussion on what we owe to ourselves and others.

045. History. A discussion on the means to our ends.

 

Year 4, 2020 – 2021.

046. The theory of mind. A discussion on what we think others think.

047. Artificial intelligence. A discussion just like the one we would have had, but by computers.

048. Artificial parts. A discussion on what’s replaceable. 

049. Dia de los Meurtos. A discussion on the celebration of the living and the dead.

050. Democracy. A discussion we will choose to have.

051. The coming administration. A discussion on our (new?) government.

052. Annihilation. A discussion on our obliteration.

053. The madness of crowdsA discussion on popular delusions.

054. Population control. A discussion on limiting ourselves.

055. Sex. A discussion on what we do.

056. Artificial life. A discussion on new forms.

057. Infection. A discussion spreading to others.

058. Accidents. A discussion we weren’t meant to have.

059. Virtual reality. A discussion just like the one we would have had, but also by computers.

060. Abdication. A discussion on our renunciation. 

 

Year 5, 2021 – 2022.

061. Identity. A discussion on who we see(m).

062. WarA discussion on who we fight.

063. Disability. A discussion on where to place emphasis and when to just let be.

064. Disgust. A discussion somewhere between nausea and a dry heave.

065. Disenfranchisement. A discussion on the deprived. 

066. Meat. A discussion on what we eat.

067. Loss. A discussion on what we have.

068. Discovery. A discussion on what we find.

069. BoundariesA discussion on where we go.

070. ConsentA discussion we agree to.

071. Creation. A discussion on what we make.

072. CyclesA discussion on what what happens over and over and over.

073. Addiction. A discussion we (can’t) quit.

074. Recognition. A discussion to be heard.

075. RedemptionA discussion on what we save.

 

Year 6, 2022 – 2023.

076. Reason. A discussion on how we know what we know (and why).

077. Pseudoscience. A discussion on fads, fallacies, and bullshit.

078. The causes and cures of cancer. A discussion on what we have.

079. Brains in vats. A discussion on how we know (we aren’t).

080. Religion. A discussion on what we believe.

081. Charity. A discussion on what we give.

082. Doubt. A discussion on what we have.

083. Truth. A discussion on what we know.

084. LiesA discussion on trust.

085. EmotionA discussion on what we feel (in our heart).

086. Evolution. A discussion ever the same, ever changing.

087. Intuition. A discussion on what we feel (in our gut).

088. Advocacy. A discussion on behalf of others (and its implications).

089. Regression. A discussion on where we end up.

090. Solace. A consolation.

 

Year 7, 2023 – 2024.

091. The human condition. A discussion on what we have.

092. Birth. A discussion on where we begin.

093. Trauma. A discussion on the worst of it.

094. Cadavers. A discussion on where we end.

095. CorporationsA discussion on bodily groups and groups of bodies.

096. Aging. A discussion on time’s arrow, time’s anchor.

097. Sadness. A discussion on feeling: bad.

098. Happiness. A discussion on feeling: good.

099. RandomnessAn unpredictable discussion? 

100. Empathy. A discussion on how we relate.

101. Obligation. A discussion we owe to ourselves and others.

102. Virtue. A discussion on the best of us.

103. Absurdity. A discussion on the truth of the matter.

104. Repetition. A discussion on a discussion on a discussion on…

105. The biomedical condition. A discussion on who we are.

 

Year 8, 2024-2025.

106. Our souls. A discussion on our essence.

107. Aliens. A discussion foreign to “us”.

108. Blood. A discussion that (dis)courses within.

109. Masks. A discussion where we hide.

110. Democracy, redux. A discussion we decide.

111. Food. A discussion we ingest.

112. Desensitization. A discussion we can(not) feel.

113. Time. A discussion we pass, out, and kill.

114. Maturation. A discussion on our becoming.

115. Menstruation. A discussion on our becoming.

116. Pollution. A discussion on our waste.

117. Futility. A discussion worth the effort?

118. Prison. A discussion on punishment, sequestration, and rehabilitation.

119. Resuscitation. A discussion we revive.

120. Progress. The discussion forward.

 

Year 9, 2025-2026.

121. Knowledge. A discussion that can we ever have?

122. Memories. A discussion we will recall.

123. Mistakes. A discussion on accident(s).

124. Epidemics. A discussion that breakouts.

125. Economics. A discussion that makes cents.

126. Foreign policy. A discussion on our stance toward them.

127. Ignorance. A discussion we don’t know.

128. Luck. A discussion in and on our favor.

129. Treatment v. enhancement. A discussion on what we could/should/would do (and the difference).

130. Nature v. nurture. A discussion on what we are within and without (and the difference).

131. Waste. A shit discussion.

132. Nostalgia. A discussion we will recall (again).

133. Fantasy. A discussion on what deludes us.

134. Reality. A discussion on what eludes us.

135. Well-being. The matter at hand.

 

Year 10, 2026-2027.

136. Morality. A discussion on what makes us good.

137. Childhood. A discussion on our humble beginnings.

138. Personhood. A discussion on our humble becomings.

139. Body/horror. A discussion on our unbecomings.

140. The world. A discussion around us.

141. Meals. A discussion in and on which we feast.

142. Mortality. A discussion on our finitude.

143. Immorality. A discussion on what makes us bad.

144. Disfigurement. A discussion on our (de)form/ity.

145. Love, redux. A discussion we wish to have.

146. Adulthood. A discussion on our noble ends.

147. Digital health. A discussion on our internet medicine.

148. Community. A discussion around us.

149. Remains. A discussion on our humble ends.

150. Immortality. The discussion without end.

 

Year 11, 2027-2028.

151. α. A discussion on significance.

152. β. A discussion on the power of prototypes.

153. γ. A discussion in which we strain the metaphor.

154. Δ / δ. A discussion on change/impulse.

155. ε. A discussion on (negligible?) errors.

156. μ. A discussion in miniature.

157. Ω. A discussion on our ends.

158. ABCs. A discussion on airways, breathing, and circulation.

159. Drug experiment funding. A discussion on who pays.

160. Genomic health initiatives. A discussion on the effectiveness of genetic identity as a construct worthy of our seemingly ever more limited research dollars.

161. Justice > Knowledge > Logic. A discussion that leads to what is greater.

162. Multinational organizations. A discussion across our borders.

163. pqrst. A discussion in a heartbeat.

164. Ultraviolet waves. A discussion on our sensitivity.

165. xyz. A discussion at the end.

 

Year 12, 2028-2029.

166. The Beginning. Let us start there. 

167. The Abstract. This will be different.

168. The Biomedical. This will still be about our current field of interest. 

169. The Profane. It will insult the sensibilities. 

170. The War. It will pit brother against brother. 

171. The Nation. It will be rebuilt one day. 

172. The Noble Life of the Good Citizen in the Great Society. It will be to our best ends. 

173. The Body. It will involve everybody. 

174. The Decision. It will require us to make a choice. 

175. The Family. It will be on our blood, on our obligations. 

176. The Pain. It will hurt. 

177. The Inevitable. It will always hurt. 

178. The Worthwhile. Yet we will value our time(s) within it. 

179. The Regretted. Sometimes we won’t, will wish we hadn’t. 

180. The End. And that’ll be it.

 

Year 13, 2029-2030.

181. Novelty. A new discussion?
 
182. Ritual. A discussion going through the motions.
 
183. Surgery. A discussion we dissect.
 
184. Amputees. A discussion we dismember.
 
185. Fraud. A discussion we deceive. 
 
186. Enough. A discussion where we draw the law.
 
187. Tradition. A discussion on what we have been.
 
188. Revolutions. A discussion on our overturning.
 
189. Fame. A discussion well-known for being well-known.
 
190. Offspring. A discussion on what we leave behind.
 
191. Shame. A discussion we hide and seek, show and tell, regret.
 
192. Creativity. A make-your-own discussion.
 
193. Courage. A discussion on the heroic.
 
194. Reticence. A discussion on the reluctant.
 
195. Oblivion. A discussion on what we will have once been.

 

Year 14, 2030-2031

196. Prototypes.
197. Proof.
198. Poverty.
199. Penultimate.
200. Purpose.
201. Principles.
202. Power.
203. Bathrooms.
204. The Waiting Room.
205. Homes.
206. Hospitals.
207. Universities.
208. The Work Place.
209. Reflections.
210. Lives.

 

Year 15, 2031-2032

211. Origins.
212. Journeys.
213. Friendships.
214. Monsters.
215. Heroes.
216. Heroines.
217. Legends.
218. Martyrs.
219. Conquests.
220. Love.
221. Metaphors.
222. Meta-analysis.
223. It’s about “the meta”.
224. Romulus and Remus.
225. Declines and Falls.

 

Year 16, 2032-2033

226. Minds.
227. Eyes.
228. Nerves.
229. Viscera.
230. Lungs.
231. Stomachs.
232. Hearts.
233. Bones.
234. Hands.
235. Genitals.
236. Skin.
237. Tongues.
238. Ears.
239. Rest.
240. Dust.
 
 
Year 17, 2033-2034
241. A retelling of the same story.
255. Ending. In fragments.
 
 
Year 18, 2034-2035
256. Medical education.
257. Gene therapy.
258. America.
259. big pharma.
260. big brother.
261. Feasts and Famines.
262. Disasters.
263. Reconstruction.
264. Design.
265. Sex education.
266. Stability.
268. The profits and losses of healthcare.
269. Resistance.
270. Decay.
 
 
Year 19, 2035-2036
271. Friends.
272. Sports.
273. Autumn.
274. Stitches.
275. Zeitgeist.
276. Indigenous peoples.
277. Winter.
278. Neighbors.
279. Brothers and Sisters.
280. Mothers and Fathers.
281. Spring.
282. Vision.
283. Contemplation.
284. Redos.
285. Summer.
 
 
Year 20, 2036-2037
286. Medicine.
287. Skepticism.
288. Homeopathy.
289. Chiropractic medicine.
290. Liberalism.
291. Holistic medicine.
292. Complementary medicine.
293. Alternative medicine, redux.
294. Western medicine
295. Our aging society.
296. Eastern medicine.
297. Pets.
298. Hospice.
299. Resonance.
300. Meaning.
 
 
Year 21, 2037-2038
301. Conception.
302. Contraception.
303. Compulsion.
304. Cannibalism.
305. Conservatism.
306. Criminality.
307. Culpability.
308. Judgment.
312. Pagans.
313. Christianity.
314. Sin.
315. Afterlife.
 
 
Year 22, 2038-2039
316. Sacrifice.
317. Baptisms.
319. Funerals.
325. Weddings.
 
 
Year 23, 2039-2040
331. DNA.
332. Prisons.
333. Patents.
334. Vocations.
335. Reductions.
336. Genes in life.
337. Overtreatment.
338. Reflectionizing.
339. Undertreatment.
340. Genes as data.
341. Reproduction(s).
342. Vacation.
343. Patients.
344. Poisons.
345. DNR.
 
 
Year 24, 2040-2041
349. Terror.
360. Revolutions.
 
 
Year 25, 2041-2042
361. In/Retrospection.
365. Days.
366. Leaps (of Faith and Otherwise).
 
 
Year 26, 2042-2043
376. Induction.
377. Abuse.
378. Malpractice.
379. Biohacking.
380. Anxiety.
381. Reproductive techniques and technologies.
382. Regretful actions and behaviors.
383. Yelling, zealously (sometimes).
384. Body.
385. End of life care.
386. Lifeboat situations.
387. Medicine, redux.
388. O2
389. Non-human life.
390. Transhumanism.
 
 
Year 27, 2044-2045
404. Error.