Bioethics

Biology Won’t Solve Your Problems with Abortion

Biology Won’t Solve Your Problems with Abortion

I’m a biologist. A neuroscientist, actually. Since I received my PhD in Biological Psychology from the University of Chicago, I’ve spent more than a couple of decades as a professor and scientist in both Psychology and Biology departments, and I’ve written a bit about the history and

Frederick R. Prete
Frederick R. Prete
10 min read
Science / Tech
Rethinking Judith Jarvis Thomson’s Defense of Abortion

Rethinking Judith Jarvis Thomson’s Defense of Abortion

One of the strongest arguments for the moral permissibility of abortion arguably comes from Judith Jarvis Thomson’s 1971 paper, “A Defense of Abortion.” Side-stepping entrenched debates over the metaphysical status of the fetus, Thomson argues that even if we grant full personhood status to the fetus, abortion would still

Michael Robillard
Michael Robillard
5 min read
Bioethics
The Moral Panic about Eugenics Poses a Threat to Abortion Rights

The Moral Panic about Eugenics Poses a Threat to Abortion Rights

American partisan politics has just been inflamed by implementation of a Texas ban on abortions once an embryo’s heartbeat is detected, usually after the sixth week of pregnancy. The new law gets around Roe v Wade by making it possible for anyone to charge a person who helps a

Diana Fleischman
Diana Fleischman
9 min read
Bioethics
Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines

Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines

Bret Weinstein, a former professor of biology at Evergreen State College, is best known for being hounded off his own campus in 2017 by a horde of social-justice zombies who themselves seemed to resemble nothing so much as a lab accident gone wrong. Having become a martyr of hyper-progressive ideological

Claire Berlinski and Yuri Deigin
Claire Berlinski and Yuri Deigin
13 min read
Bioethics
When Sons Become Daughters: It’s Time to Admit That Reflexive ‘Affirmation’ Has Been a Mistake

When Sons Become Daughters: It’s Time to Admit That Reflexive ‘Affirmation’ Has Been a Mistake

What follows is the seventh and final instalment of When Sons Become Daughters, a Quillette series that explores how parents react when a son announces he wants to be a girl—and explains why so many of these mothers and fathers believe they can’t discuss their fears and concerns

Angus Fox
Angus Fox
15 min read
Activism
The Hard Problems of Vegetarianism

The Hard Problems of Vegetarianism

“We have to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves,” wrote the famous utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer in Animal Liberation, the book that converted me (and countless others) to vegetarianism more than 10 years ago. You don’t have to buy into Singer’s pain-and-pleasure calculus

Daniel Issing
Daniel Issing
12 min read
Activism
The Transhumanist Case for Liberty

The Transhumanist Case for Liberty

Circa 441 BCE, Sophocles set down on papyrus (most likely) his famous “Ode To Man,” a countdown of human masteries: He navigates. He cultivates. He domesticates. He preys on all but is prey to none. He crafts words for thoughts, constructs shelters, and forms states. “He has made himself secure

Mark Goldblatt
Mark Goldblatt
14 min read
Bioethics
Diversity, Inclusion, and Academic Freedom: The Case of Gender Biology

Diversity, Inclusion, and Academic Freedom: The Case of Gender Biology

Our university recently circulated an email message, the contents of which I found somewhat strange. Or rather, I might have found it strange had I spent the past decade or two in a coma. The message was a carefully worded reflection on how academic freedom can be reconciled with the

Constantin Polychronakos
Constantin Polychronakos
10 min read
Bioethics