Bioethics journals present a lead story today in which Xavier Symons interviews the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Julian Savulescu, who is also a professor at Oxford. He says that the internet has made his job harder.
“What I have learnt is that it is not Big Brother who is watching, but everyone. In the current era, everything that is published can be instantly accessed by nearly everyone. Ethicists have to be prepared for titles and one-liners to be pumped around the internet. You have to be prepared to defend what you have written or published against the harshest criticism.”
It’s a fascinating conversation. Check it out.
The editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics discusses the fraught job of editing a leading journal.
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First in-depth study of how bioethicists shaped policy
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- We have a moral obligation to donate organs (theage.com.au)
- Bioethics accused of doing more harm than good (biotechin.asia)
- Reason, Emotion and Morality: Some Cautions for the Enhancement Project (ieet.org)
- Euthanasia drug ‘Lethabarb’ stolen from Melbourne vet clinic (theage.com.au)
- Over three quarters of Canadians support the right to physician assisted dying (techienews.co.uk)
- What are the current laws on assisted suicide in the UK? (itv.com)