Tag Archives: ethics

DP1: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

By Ursula K. Le Guin download a PDF of the story here. With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The rigging of the boats in harbor sparkled with flags. In the streets between houses with red roofs and painted […]

When Bad Scientists Do Good Science

He may have unravelled DNA, but James Watson deserves to be shunned James Watson, who – along with Francis Crick – discovered the secret of DNA, has sold off his Nobel prize medal after claiming that he has been cut off from the modern scientific world following accusations of racism. Watson has said that he […]

The Serial Podcast: Justice and Storytelling

Serial has quickly become the internet’s most popular podcast. Its narrator, Sarah Koenig, is investigating the case of Adnan Sayed, who is in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, in 1999. Is he innocent, or guilty? The series oozes suspense, and each weekly episode is now awaited with a degree of […]

Kim Jong Un, the One and Only

Kim Jong Un has banned the use of his name across North Korea. Those, men and women, who may share his name must now find a new name and make the legal change or face jail time. New infants must not be named this either. Imagine having to change your name simply because someone else […]

Is This the Future of Food?

Not Green, Just Soylent: Is This the Future of Food? By John Tozzi Just before it was lunchtime on the West Coast on Tuesday, Rob Rhinehart went on Twitter to seek donations for something called Soylent. He describes it in the pitch video as “an efficient form of fuel for humanity for the first time in […]

Another One on Ferguson

After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, “My son was sweet. He didn’t mean any harm to anybody.” He was, she said, “a gentle giant.” But when police officer Darren Wilson fired the shot that ended Brown’s life, he saw things differently. “I felt like a five-year-old holding onto […]

Paying for the past

Caribbean nations prepare demand for slavery reparations Heads of state of 15 Caribbean nations will gather in St Vincent on Monday to unveil a plan demanding reparations from Europe for the enduring suffering inflicted by the Atlantic slave trade. In an interview with the Guardian, Sir Hilary Beckles, who chairs the reparations task force charged with framing […]

The New Normal Barbie, Acne and Cellulite Sold Separately

For all you cunning entrepreneurs, need-finders and future product designers, here’s a success story. Nickolay Lamm, a self-professed artist and researcher, raised a hefty round of crowd-sourced funding last year towards his project, the Lammily doll. Lammily is supposed to be the long-awaited antidote to Barbie, whose dimensions we talked about in class on Tuesday. […]

Should drinking while pregnant be a crime?

Our addiction to criminalising human behaviour makes a mockery of private responsibility – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian 6.11.2014 In America hundreds of (mostly black) mothers are now jailed for this offence, to whose benefit it is unclear. In the British case the mother is not charged with any crime, but it is argued that a […]