The Bioethics Podcast 2007

The Bioethics Podcast is an audio resource exploring the pressing bioethical challenges of our day featuring staff, fellows, and associates of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. For more information, click here for The Bioethics Podcast FAQ

Pediatric Lead Levels in Toys and Ethics of Care

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In response to the discovery of high levels of lead in an alarming number of toys, the giant toymakers and distributors have appropriately established a recall notice complete with customer service phone numbers and suspect product serial number lists. Ostensibly, the reason for this action is care and concern, but – and perhaps somewhat cynically – exoneration is also in the equation. No one wishes to be found responsible; but eventually someone will likely be accused for the elevated lead levels in children’s toys.

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Reproductive Technologies 101

Infertility is often not considered a “disease” in our society, yet it causes great pain in couples who desire to begin a family. Couples are infertile when they have actively tried to conceive without success for a year, a condition that affects 10-15% of the U.S. population.1,2 Treatments designed to help couples conceive are referred to as Assisted Reproductive Technologies, or ART.

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Technology in Biblical and Historical Contexts -- Part 2

 

In this edition of The Bioethics Podcast, we bring you the second in an ongoing series entitled "CBHD Classics," where we periodically revisit classic audios from our CBHD archives. In this particular edition, we bring you the conclusion of a two-part broadcast of Nancy Pearcey and a paper she presented at Trinity International University entitled “Technology in Biblical and Historical Contexts.” In this piece, Ms. Pearcey explains the inability of most people to justify their moral intuitions about technology, and the conversational opportunity that creates.

 

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Technology in Biblical and Historical Contexts -- Part 1

 

In this edition of The Bioethics Podcast, we bring you the second in an ongoing series entitled "CBHD Classics," where we periodically revisit classic audios from our CBHD archives. In this particular edition, we bring you the first of a two-part broadcast of Nancy Pearcey and a paper she delivered at Trinity International University “Technology in Biblical and Historical Contexts.” In this piece, Ms. Pearcey explains the inability of most people to justify their moral intuitions about technology, and the conversational opportunity that creates.

 

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How Much Do We Care When Truth Replaces Fiction? Ethical Conduct and Human Subjects Research in Africa

 

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Genetically Enhancing Athletes?

Readers of both the academic and popular literature in bioethics will be well aware that genetic and other forms of so-called human enhancement are clearly on the drawing board. No one knows how long it will take to develop these technologies, but they are most certainly coming. Already, of course, through the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, human embryos are screened for undesirable genetic traits and embryos with those traits are not transferred to a woman’s uterus—they are discarded or used in embryo-destructive research.

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The Wisdom of the Synapse: From Patterns of Neuronal Transmission to Principles of Human Communication

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A Parallel Paper Presentation from our 2007 Annual Conference, Bioethics Nexus: The Future of Healthcare, Science, and Humanity.

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Transhumanism and the Convergence of Emerging Technologies

 

Parallel Paper Presentation from CBHD's 2007 Annual Conference, Bioethics Nexus: The Future of Healthcare, Science and Humanity.

 

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Dominion, Providence, and Art: The Integral Role of Aesthetics in the Next Phase of Christian Bioethics

 

Parallel Paper Presentation from CBHD's 2007 Annual Conference, Bioethics Nexus: The Future of Healthcare, Science and Humanity.

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Can Technology Change Human Nature?

 

Parallel Paper Presentation from CBHD's 2007 Annual Conference, Bioethics Nexus: The Future of Healthcare, Science and Humanity.

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The Costs of Technology in Women's Health, Part II

 

Parallel Paper Presentation from CBHD's 2007 Annual Conference, Bioethics Nexus: The Future of Healthcare, Science and Humanity.

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The Costs of Technology in Women's Health, Part I

 

Parallel Paper Presentation from CBHD's 2007 Annual Conference, Bioethics Nexus: The Future of Healthcare, Science and Humanity.

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Chiseling Away at David

 

Parallel Paper Presentation from CBHD's 2007 Annual Conference, Bioethics Nexus: The Future of Healthcare, Science and Humanity.

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Michelangelo’s David is a fitting metaphor for what it means to be human.  Considering assisted reproductive technologies, genetic testing and intervention, and using technology for purposes beyond therapy, we are chiseling away at the David that we know.  A brief look at the art and the science through the lens of bioethics is the theme of this presentation.

 

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Permissibility to Accept Refusal of Potentially Life-Saving Treatment

 

Column Editor’s note:  This column presents a case that poses an ethical dilemma for patients, families and healthcare professionals.  It is based on a real case, though some facts have been changed to preserve confidentiality.  The story is presented to a Fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and his or her analysis is published for our readers.  Our goal is to offer careful ethical analyses and recommendations that are consistent with biblical standards.  Readers are encouraged to comment on our commentaries. 

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A Good Death

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