Year 2, 2018 – 2019: Chosen, Given, Taken

Choice factors into all ethical dilemmas. The point is to resolve a matter at issue to the best of our (collective) abilities from the myriad options circumstances present. Inherent to choice are twin poles: giving and taking. Given options, we must take action(s). Determining which is/are best is the practical pursuit of a worthwhile ethics. This second year began by reëstablishing the ethical reality of minds and bodies. Recognizing minds and bodies may be altered or absent, different from ours or in turmoil, we sought to understand the decisions of all moral actors from before their beginnings to their ever reverberating ends since only from the constellation of our choices can we end up with a view of ourselves. This view, our identity, can also be chosen, given, taken. As it is when one’s taken to task but not given a fair shake for their gender, as it is when rights are taken from those given others for their race, as it is when given to children by flesh taken through cultural happenstance. Our time ever fleeting, we make of it what we can and work to ensure others others can too. What the past dictates the present decides on behalf of the future. What is “a given” is also “taken for granted”. We must choose what we do within the biomedical landscape. In this series of discussions, participants shared with each other – giving and taking – so that after we might choose both well and good.

A quick look

Pertinent details

Essays to consider

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

September 11, 2018, 7PM, 2185 LBME

Neuroethics: an agenda for neuroscience and society

Neuroethics: the practical and the philosophical

Neuroethics for the new millennium

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

September 25, 2018, 7PM, 2185 LBME

Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy

Adverse health effects of marijuana use

Practical, legal, and ethical issues in expanded access to investigational drugs

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

October 9, 2018, 7PM, 2185 LBME

The placebo effect in alternative medicine

The use of complementary and alternative medicine in pediatrics

Efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine therapies

Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002-2012

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

October 23, 2018, 7PM, 2185 LBME

Consciousness: the most critical moral (constitutional) standard for human personhood

CDC preparedness 101 – zombie pandemic

Zombies v. materialists

In vitro meat

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

November 6, 2018, 7PM, 2185 LBME

Genetic encores

Human cloning and our sense of self

The ethics of reviving long extinct species

Uniqueness, individuality, and human cloning

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

November 20, 2018, 7PM, 2185 LBME

Does animal experimentation inform human healthcare?

Ethical principles and guidelines for experiments on animals

The flaws and human harms of animal experimentation

Animal testing is still the best way to find new treatments for patients

Alternatives to animal testing

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

December 4, 2018, 7PM, 2185 LBME

The myth of Sisyphus

The ethics of suicide

Suicide: rationality and responsibility for life

Suicide responsibility of hospital and psychiatrist

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

January 15, 2019, 7PM, 2185 LBME

Racial disparity in emergency department triage.

Dealing with the realities of race and ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity and success in academic medicine

Race and trust in the health care system

Why bioethics has a race problem

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

January 29, 2019, 7PM, 2185 LBME

Doing gender

For whom the burden tolls

Performative acts and gender constitution

Resisting medicine, re/modeling gender

The restroom revolution: unisex toilets and campus politics

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

February 12, 2019, 7PM 2185 LBME

Male circumcision

Female genital alteration: a compromise solution

Female genital mutilation and male circumcision: toward an autonomy-based ethical framework

Rationalising circumcision

Current medical evidence supports male circumcision

Circumcision: case against surgery without medical indication

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

February 26, 2019, 7PM, 2185 LBME

The undertreatment of pain

Moral agency in pain medicine

Suffering and the goals of medicine

The unequal burden of pain: confronting racial and ethnic disparities in pain

Pain medicine and its models: helping or hindering?

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

March 12, 2019, 7PM, 2185 LBME

The myth of mental illness

Distinguishing between the validity and utility of psychiatric diagnoses

Diagnostic issues and controversies in DSM 5

How stigma interferes with mental health care

Identification of a common neurobiological substrate for mental illness

Eugenics. A discussion on who ought to be here.

March 26, 2019, 7PM, 2185

Eugenics: its definition, scope, and aims

The second international congress of eugenics

CC Little renaming resolution

Buck v. Bell Supreme Court opinion

Moderate eugenics and human enhancement

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

April 9, 2019, 7PM, 2185 LBME

Reproducibility in science

Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science

How many scientists fabricate and falsify research?

Is the replicability crisis overblown?

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

April 23, 2019, 7PM, 2185 LBME

The nature of extinction

Extinction risk from climate change

Extinction and overspecialization: the dark side of human innovation

The ethics of de-extinction