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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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Paul Root Wolpe

Senior Bioethicist, Emory University

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What Keeps a Bioethicist Up at Night?

12 months ago

I think it’s very clear that your grandchildren, maybe your children, maybe even you, are going to reproduce differently than your grandparents did.  That is, the whole process of how we design and execute future generations – execute in the sense of create, is changing.  And we’re going to have ...

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The Great Symbolic Euthanasia Compromise

about 1 year ago

Euthanasia is an ancient question.  You can read about it in ancient texts.  The Hippocratic Oath says that a doctor should not help a patient to die, even if they want to do it.  The Rabbi’s discuss whether it’s okay for people to allow other people to die on the battlefield in Jewish texts.  So ...

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A Guide to Ethical Innovation

over 1 year ago

When we are on a cutting edge issue as a society, when you think about reproducing and whether you are going to genetically modify your offspring, when you think about modifying yourself and whether it’s okay to take an attention-enhancing drug. You’re involved in the conversation about ethics. We ...