The Bioethics Podcast 2010

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

Grey Matters: Does Alien Hand Syndrome Refute Free Will?

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Neuroscience opens many fascinating windows into human nature. In the quest to understand human consciousness, volition, and intentionality, there is much to learn from studying even the brain’s flaws and failures. 

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The Changing Conscience of Healthcare: Vows vs. Laws in the Anatomy of a Profession

 

2010 Parallel Paper Presentation, Beyond Therapy: Exploring Enhancement and Human Futures.

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The Need to Know: Disclosure of Information to Pediatric Patients

 

Editor’s note: This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. As it is based on a real case, some details have been omitted in the effort to maintain patient confidentiality. This case and discussion point out some of the complexities in treating the minor child. While agreeing with the recommendation, the editor’s comment reflects a different paradigm for approaching the issue of a requested confidentiality purposefully withholding information from the patient.

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Reproductive Ethics in an Abortion Driven Culture: Not for Women Only

 

This lecture was originally delivered as part of the Spring 2010 Bioethics Colloquia hosted by Trinity Graduate School.

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Forced Sterilization of Native Americans: Late Twentieth Century Physician Cooperation with National Eugenic Policies

 

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On Human Bioenhancements

 

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The Slippery Slope of Normality: Lessons from Neuroethics (Part 2)

 

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This lecture was originally delivered as a combined institute session during our 2009 preconference institutes. In this part of the lecture Dr. Cheshire explores the nature of slippery slope arguments, the meaning of normality, developments in cognitive enhancement, and arguments in favor of neuroenhancement.

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The Slippery Slope of Normality: Lessons from Neuroethics (Part 1)

 

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This lecture was originally delivered as a combined institute session during our 2009 preconference institutes. In this part of the lecture Dr. Cheshire explores the nature of slippery slope arguments, the meaning of normality, developments in cognitive enhancement, and arguments in favor of neuroenhancement.

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Grey Matters: Just Enhancement

As the United States considers how best to restrain the growth of healthcare costs while ensuring quality and access, the potential economic impact of proposals for enhancement medicine should not be overlooked. This essay makes the case that the practice of neuroenhancement, if it were to become widespread, would infringe upon the ethical principle of distributive justice.

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Life on Ice: The Landscape of Embryo Donation and Adoption (Part 3)

 

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This lecture was delivered as a combined session for the preconference institutes prior to the 2009 CBHD summer conference, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity.

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Life on Ice: The Landscape of Embryo Donation and Adoption (Part 2)

 

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This lecture was delivered as a combined session for the preconference institutes prior to the 2009 CBHD summer conference, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity.

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Life on Ice: The Landscape of Embryo Donation and Adoption (Part 1)

 

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This lecture was delivered as a combined session for the preconference institutes prior to the 2009 CBHD summer conference, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity.

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141

To Dialyze or Not to Dialyze

 
 
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140

Sanctifying Life in the Early Church

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Evidence from both Christian and pagan sources reveals that the pre-Constantinian Christian churches practiced a broad and holistic sanctity-of-life ethic. A review of the documents can only deepen our confidence that a sanctity-of-life ethic is neither a modern nor merely a political innovation but instead goes back to the very origins of our tradition. But the very comprehensive nature of that ethic challenges our truncated contemporary versions, in which conservatives tend to pick out birth and end-of-life concerns and liberals focus on issues like hunger, war, and racism.

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Euthanasia and Palliative Medicine (Part 2)

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This lecture originally was delivered at a combined institute session during CBHD’s 2009 annual summer conference events, Global Bioethics: Emerging Challenges Facing Human Dignity. For more information on this summer’s upcoming CBHD annual conference events, please visit our website at www.cbhd.org/conference.

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