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Category Archives: Morality
Who has the right to say how much lives are worth? Could allowing for the death of the few to save many be moral? Do the ends just have to justify the means in order to commit crime?* Admiral Hall definitely thought so. He thought the protection of his knowledge of the decipherment of the […] Continue reading
“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” The 1982 film Blade Runner is a science fiction classic for a reason. It is a stylishly made noir film that is not afraid to get philosophical. […] Continue reading
“…don’t hold it with their left.” This scene from the very end of the movie, depicts Vincent taking a final urine test just after he believes he has been the system and is headed into space. Realizing what this urine test means for his fate, not only for space travel but also as a member […] Continue reading
As scientists push the boundaries of genetics, society faces ever more ethical questions. Well before any of our modern ideas about genetics came about, however, there was H.G. Wells, who gave us a look at tampering with nature in his The Island of Dr. Moreau. The titular doctor, though not a geneticist, creates chimeras through extensive […] Continue reading
B4: Ironically, altruism can be a pretty contentious term. In fields ranging from philosophy to biology to economics, people have very different perceptions regarding the origins and motivations of selfless behavior. Regardless, altruism is almost universally esteemed in our society; actions exhibiting an “unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others,” as Merriam-Webster […] Continue reading
Perhaps one of the greatest impediments to scientific advancement is the question of morality and virtue, especially concerning the commercial value of the growth of scientific technology. Erin Pellarin examines this in the blog post below, but she brings up additional questions of monetary gain; how exactly does money fit into the discussion of virtue […] Continue reading