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Can Cognitive-Moral Bio-Enhancement be considered as a valid category of enhancement?

Persson and Savulescu (2008) argue that cognitive enhancement and moral enhancement have separate aims. They argue that cognitive enhancement without moral enhancement is dangerous. John Harris (2011)...
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Where is the line drawn on cheating Darwin/genetics? How does one accept this? [closed]

It is stated that cosmetic surgery is cheating genetics if the end result is aimed at increasing one's physical attraction and thus ultimately affecting natural selection in this person's favor. But ...
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In bioethics, are the harms that arise secondary to the failure to treat a violation of the Principle of Non-Maleficence?

I am trying to understand the principles relevant to a particular bioethics scenario. For simplicity, I will describe it as follows: A doctor refuses to treat a patient suffering from an illness ...
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Does moral aversion to dis-enhancing animals suggest insecurity in our current beliefs?

Specifically, does an aversion to genetic engineering suggest an insecurity of values regarding animal welfare? I ask because I am looking at the concept of using brainless chickens in the meat ...
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Are Dr. Coley's experiments on cancer patients considered unethical today?

Dr.William Coley was one of the first to attempt fever therapy on cancer patients. He did this experiment: artificial erysipelas to treat cancer. Coley injected Streptococcus pyogenes directly into ...
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How does 'vitalism' differ from 'sanctity of life'?

Source: Three Approaches to the Value of Human Life by Georgetown University Prof John Keown Unfortunately, I have succumbed to the confusion italicised below. How do they differ? How is 'supreme ...
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Are human lives always more important than animal lives?

Imagine a case: there is a fire in a house, there is a person and my pet dog and you only have enough time to save one. Which one should you should rescue? I think most people would choose the person....
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Is there a school of thought that considers human less significant than other beings?

When discussing animal rights with friends, we talked about Anthropocentrism, Biocentrism and Ecocentrism. We were wondering if there is a school of thought that is the opposite of Anthropocentrism, ...
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What are the moral consequences of a Douglas Adams' cow?

In the "Restaurant at the End of the Universe" there is a cow specifically designed to a) want to be eaten and b) be able to communicate it. By that the designer wanted to make sure, that it's morally ...
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Ethics of Using an Experience Machine/Going Against Someone's Wishes for Their Own Good

Similar to the question of Do experiences need to be “real” to be worthwhile or desireable? Robert Nozick has argued against pure hedonism as a means to happiness based on the fact that a person ...