Philosopher's Corner

  • How do we cope with the new robot angst?

    We need to set boundaries and rules on artificial intelligence.

    “Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors … to achievements that will benefit our ...

    Society May 17, 2016
  • Syrian farmers’ lost landscape

    A pitiless drought has played part in tragedy unfolding in Syria.

    Imagine you are a scientist charged with studying your country’s climate. As you tour the north, you find whole villa...

    Society March 24, 2016
  • Is a trip to Mars ethical?

    How do you decide whether putting human life at risk is the right thing to do? By Laurie Zoloth.

    Plans are in place to send humans to Mars. But is it right do so, considering the astronauts may not return? – DETLEV...

    Space August 31, 2015
  • Reaching the limits of genetic medicine

    British MPs have voted to allow three-parent babies to be created.

    Last week British MPs in the House of Commons voted to allow scientists to create so-called three parent babies. The ...

    Society February 9, 2015
  • Lessons from the forgotten Davy lamp

    His life holds some lessons for ethics and science today.

    Consider Humphry Davy, 19th century poet and poor boy made peer of the realm because of his extraordinary scientific ...

    Society January 5, 2015
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