The Bioethics Podcast 2012

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

Paul Ramsey and Preconceptive Eugenics

 In his surprisingly prescient book entitled Fabricated Man: The Ethics of Genetic Control, the U.S. bioethicist Paul Ramsey demonstrates in 1970 an exceptional premonition of things to come. This includes developments in new reproductive procedures, such as human cloning, and other proposals such as those promoting a post-human future. On the topic of eugenics,[1] furthermore, Ramsey advances his views of possible developments though some of them may be more than a bit controversial. Indeed, he indicates that not all forms of eugenics should be seen as ethically problematic. Some may even be considered as acceptable. This is especially the case with preconceptive eugenics whereby an action takes place before an embryo is created in order to only have a healthy child.

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Clinical Ethics Dilemmas: How Does the Doctor Decide Between Cost and Care?

Should a pediatrician use a less expensive and well-established vaccination product with adequate reimbursement rather than a newer, more expensive version with better bacterial protection that has a lower profit margin?

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Framing the Discussion - "Reclaiming Dignity in a Culture of Commodification"

The session discussed how human dignity, once a cornerstone for bioethics, is increasingly obscured by a contemporary culture of commodification.

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Grey Matters: Turning a Blind Eye: An Ethical Assessment


If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
–Proverbs 24:12a

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Editorial: Human Dignity and Biomedicine

Arguably, one of the best extended contemporary discussions of human dignity and its implications for biomedicine was commissioned under President George W. Bush and convened by his President’s Council on Bioethics. The council’s two reports, Being Human (2003) and Human Dignity and Bioethics (2008), are the results of more than a few public meetings, thousands of pages of expert testimony, and the work of two physician-scholar-chairmen, Leon Kass, MD, and Edmund Pellegrino, MD.

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Grey Matters: The Origami Brain: From Neural Folds to Neuroethics


The development of the nervous system begins with a tiny layer of cells, and as they grow, they undergo an elaborate sequence of foldings that culminate in the structure of the brain. The resemblance to origami is evident as early as the beginning of the third week of human life.

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Adolescent Confidentiality: An Uneasy Truce

How should a physician respond to multiple-party claims of authority?

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Doing No Harm To Hippocrates: Reality and Virtual Reality in Ethics Education

On July 23, 1944, Nazi officers ordered the entire Jewish population of Kos to leave their homes and, along with the Jewish population of nearby Rhodes, to board three small cargo boats. Stripped of their personal belongings and identity papers, these families were taken on an eight day voyage by sea to Piraeus, and from there, crowded into cattle cars, North by train for the 13 day journey to their final destination at Auschwitz. Such was the fate of many Jewish men, women and children throughout the Nazi-occupied territories in Europe, who were forcibly exiled and sent to their deaths.

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The Ethics of a Brave New World: A Response to ‘Baby-Making'

The presentation offers a thought-provoking examination of the impact of science, entertainment, and social change on what it means to be human. This presentation was part of an evening event co-sponsored by CBHD and the Trinity International University Drama Department in Spring 2011. Dr. Linholm’s presentation was offered in response to a lecture by CBHD executive director, Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, titled “Baby-Making: The Fractured Fulfillment of Huxley’s Brave New World.”

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