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On ‘Ought Implies Can’ in Ethics and Epistemology

August 31, 2016 by

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I recently got into a discussion about the ‘ought implies can’ (OIC) principle on social media. The poster suggested that he bought the principle in ethics but maybe not in epistemology. Disclaimer: I buy it wholeheartedly in ethics, and I’m inclined to buy it in epistemology as well. But pulling apart OIC in different realms […]

Proposition 60, Pornography, and Sex Work

August 14, 2016 by

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I’ve debated for a long time whether this is something that I wanted to talk about in public writing; I have a lot of thoughts about ethics and sex work, but generally keep them close to the vest. Given that this concerns a health and public policy issue, I thought it appropriate to post my first […]

When is Pragmatism Irresponsible?

August 10, 2016 by

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When is Pragmatism Irresponsible? Perhaps it has to do with a fractured GOP ostensibly headed by a racist demagogue, or a Democratic party at war with half its base while chanting “unity,” but Olivia Goldhill’s month-old article about the immorality of voting one’s conscience is currently remaking the rounds on social media these days. It […]

On Breed Specific Legislation, Public Safety, and Why The Research Matters

July 16, 2016 by

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There is recent nation-wide attention to animal control issues concerning dogs in Canada.  The target is “pit bulls” or dogs with traits that resemble particular characteristics of breeds included in this generic term.  One common response to serious dog bites and maulings is to lobby for a ban of particular breeds by enacting Breed Specific […]

Programmable Friends

June 18, 2016 by

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While robots were originally conceived of as laborers, advances in AI and emotional modeling have led to “companion robots” like Aldebaran’s Pepper and Intelligent Systems Co.’s Paro. But a companion is fundamentally unlike a standard worker[1]: labor is by its nature fungible, and companions, if we understand companions as something like friends, are, presumably, non-fungible. Workers […]

Have Gun, Will Settle Dispute: The Dangerous, Alluring Temptation

June 14, 2016 by

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Originally posted on Samir Chopra:
I’ve seen fights, disputes, grow, fester, erupt into bouts of violence: disagreements become irrevocable, boundaries are crossed, and then, tempers flare. Punches and slaps are thrown, sometimes half-heartedly, sometimes in a desperate flurry, sometimes shirt collars are grabbed as the ‘fight’ turns into an ungainly grappling session with headholds and…

CFP: 2016 Workshop on Exploitation and Coercion (Carnegie Mellon University)

June 9, 2016 by

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You can find the original CFP here. Below is a summary of what can be found on the official workshop website. I love the workshop format and will be hosting a workshop in Calgary next spring tentatively titled: Ethics in the Age of Neuroscience (stay tuned for that call in the coming months). Thanks to Liam […]