A Political and Literary Forum
The debate over pandemic response is not only about the facts—including the grim death toll. It's also about the relationship between science and decision-making, where values inevitably play a role.
Adhering to a particular sexual or gender identity may mean abandoning the things that make us most unique. So why has identity become the default for talking about who we are and what we desire?
Mark D. Jordan
In the fight against COVID-19, weighing costs and benefits is indispensable for moral clarity. At the same time, we must not forget its limits.
For the sake of both science and action in the COVID-19 pandemic, we need collaboration among specialists, not sects.
COVID-19 has revealed a contest between two competing philosophies of scientific knowledge. To manage the crisis, we must draw on both.
How a drug became an object lesson in political tribalism.
Cailin O'Connor, James Owen Weatherall
There are two problems with anger: it is morally corrupting, and it is completely correct.
We may feel individually powerless to contribute to social transformation. But each of us bears responsibility for helping to create a more just world.
In this ongoing series, leading researchers debate how to turn knowledge into action.
We cannot leave decisions about AI in the hands of those who stand to profit from its use.
Kenneth A. Taylor
Victim anger can be useful to the political struggle, but it can also become excessive and obsessive, deforming the self.
Martha C. Nussbaum
A growing chorus says that science has shown free will to be an illusion. But it actually has offered arguments in its favor.
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Joseph J. Fischel
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