Issue 119

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Issue 119: April/May 2017


Club Bio-Med

by Rick Lewis


News: April/May 2017

Tom Regan, who made case for animal rights, dead at 78 • App developer says Everything is Philosophy • Bright kids “no more moral” — News reports by Anja Steinbauer


Are Designer Babies Our Future?

Keith Tidman overhears a prophetic dialogue about the pluses and minuses of genetically engineering children.

Eating Stupid Pigs

Marco Kaisth asks, could radical genetic engineering create ethical factory farms?

Informing People About Their Genetic Risks

Jan Deckers and Dominic Hall ask whether relatives of patients with a genetic disease should be told that they themselves are at an increased risk.

Can We Trust Medical Science?

Simon Kolstoe says that all is not well with medicine.

Doctor-Patient Relationships

Paul Walker ponders the best type of relationship between a doctor and a patient.

Henrietta’s Story

Vincent Lotz asks who should have the decisive power over someone’s cells after their death: their family, or the medical community?


Children, Intuitive Knowledge & Philosophy

Maria daVenza Tillmanns argues that teaching children to think must involve more than simply teaching them cognitive skills.

Can The Multiverse Give You An Afterlife?

Rui Vieira says yes it can, of sorts.

The Sound of Philosophy

James Tartaglia asks whether philosophy and music should intersect.

Singing In Choirs: An Existential View

Sara Clethero says, once more with authenticity.

How I Solved Hume’s Problem and Why Nobody Will Believe Me

Eugene Earnshaw saves Western philosophy.

David Hume (1711-1776)

Alistair MacFarlane treats of the life of a great Scot.

What Is The Future Of Humanity?

The following philosophical forecasts of our fate each win an unforeseeable book.


Derek Parfit (1942-2017)

Jeff McMahan says farewell to a friend.



The Wrongs & Rights of Rights • Now Here This, Man • Terrestrial Communications • Insider Insight


Onora O’Neill (1941-)

by Terence Green

The Elusiveness of Memory

Raymond Tallis talks about um… err…


Collected Essays on Philosophers by Colin Wilson

Vaughan Rapatahana considers what Colin Wilson had to say about other philosophers.

Ten Neglected Classics of Philosophy

Mark Dunbar reflects on what makes a book a classic.

Where Have All The Intellectuals Gone? by Frank Furedi

Neil Richardson laments a surplus of generalities.


Dharmender Dhillon views this Guy Ritchie film through Buddhist and Nietzschean lenses.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Tim Oliphant’s Cartoon

by Tim Oliphant

You Are Here

by Chris Madden

Bill and Rob Thomas’s Cartoon

by Bill Thomas and Rob Thomas


On Sympathy: A Dream Dialogue

Robert R. Clewis dreams about sympathy.

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