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26th-Jan-2016 12:03 pm - My tweets
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  • Tue, 08:24: Freedom is important: without it, we cannot work, play or live at our best. 1/3
  • Tue, 08:24: Despite the counsels of cowards, what happens when people are under surveillance is not freedom, but its opposite. 2/3
  • Tue, 08:26: And the promises of safety generously offered by the people with the guns waiting for a summons to act ... 3/4
  • Tue, 08:26: from those who surveil are equally bogus.4/4
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31st-Dec-2015 12:08 pm - It is difficult to imagine
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It is difficult to imagine that there is a field of study more useless than "bioethics", but unlike other useless fields, this is well paid. It's a field whose whole job it is to imagine reasons that something whose basis is undescribed and intellectually incoherent might be harmed if something is done, without consideration of what happens if something is left undone.

Here is the latest in this series.

Standing athwart science, yelling "whoa,"* often appears to be the favorite default activity of many folks who get involved with bioethics. Today the New York Times has published an op-ed in this genre of bioethical handwringing. It's by Rebecca Skloot, author of the best-selling The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. In her book, Skloot details the how cells taken in 1951 from a tumor that eventually killed Baltimore resident Henrietta Lacks became the first immortal human cell line and one of the most widely used in biomedical research. Lacks nor any of her relatives were asked for permission to use the HeLa cells derived from her cervical cancer for research.

Which leads to the question, "why would she, or her family, be so possessive of the cancer cells that killed her?" I might understand if they were so driven by vengeance that they wanted to burn everything associated with it. Not condone, but understand. Sadly, that's not how bioethics works. Read the article for the depressing conclusion.
11th-Oct-2015 07:55 am - Medical ethics strike again.
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Mysteriously, this article refers to bioethicists as if they have a contribution to make to any discussion.

Long time readers of this blog will know medical ethics better, and will wonder why they haven't been employed as road sweepers or coal miners.
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