The debate about ethics classes in schools risks placing ethics in opposition to religion, whereas the classes will ultimately benefit all.
Sequencing the genome.
We are entering a new age of genome sequencing, but we have to draw some ethical lines
Rules are in place, but what happens when the protocols of disclosure are not met?
The recent sacking of two high-profile Canadian journalists highlights the difficulties media employees face in navigating the tricky terrain of conflicts of interest.
There is precious little dignity available for those Australians who are in the last stages of their lives.
The contrast between rights with dignity and rights without is increasingly apparent with regard to two groups of Australians: retirees and those in aged-care facilities.
At the youth level, the long-term effects of football hits aren’t known.
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When pro football players like Chris Borland quit, it should send a strong message to parents. But there are a host of issues, besides health, to consider.
Former SS member Oskar Groening, 93, is on trial, charged with accessory in the murder of about 300,000 people at Auschwitz.
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Oskar Groening has declared his moral guilt as an Auschwitz accountant. His trial, currently underway, points to difficult questions about the implications of our own participation in collective activities.
Banks including Barclays are being hit with another round of fines for bad behaviour.
Increased regulation is doing little to stem the tide of bank scandals, with fines racking up. It's time more bankers were held to account.
Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans?
The question of furnishing non-human animals with rights normally reserves for humans is more complex than it might seem.
Where did I leave my skull cap?
Research into how feelings and opinions can be shaped using technology or drugs could impact the whole of society not just the individuals concerned.
Psychologists aren’t supposed to be involved in torture. In this 2009 file photo a sign marks a closed-off area at Camp Justice, the location of the US Military Commissions court for war crimes, at the US Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Why hasn’t the American Psychological Association prohibited members from participating in interrogations? And what are future psychologists learning about military medical ethics?
Australia’s politicians were unable to save Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan from a firing squad in Indonesia.
Australia's politicians were unable to make the most persuasive argument for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran because Australia is also a combatant in the misguided war on drugs.
The institute of marriage can only be made stronger by recognising all marriages.
Little progress has been made on debates about marriage equality in Australia – even though a majority of the population is in favour of it. How might ethical frameworks help us better understand the issues?
On the rack. Are news editors falling into their own trap?
What do stuffed crust pizza and terrifying newspaper headlines have in common? Our hard-wired evolutionary responses hold the answer.
A powerful new genetic engineering technique allows scientists to precisely cut out and replace DNA in genes.
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Leading researchers have called for a ban on using a precise gene-editing technology on humans. How can CRISPR advance science and why is it raising concerns?
Rugby union star Karmichael Hunt has been stood down by his club pending a court appearance on drug supply charges.
There is a tension between views of players’ rights under employment contracts and their responsibilities – both ethically and contractually
News of Tanveer Ahmed’s dismissal from The Australian has put plagiarism back in the headlines.
By now you’ve likely heard about psychiatrist and columnist Tanveer Ahmed’s recent opinion piece in The Australian in which he effectively blamed radical feminism for domestic violence. Others have explained…
Concerns about art and the environment should not be so divorced.
After a three-year court battle, the Tate has been forced to disclose how much money it receives in sponsorship from BP. The stubbornness seemed to indicate a massive sum, one the galleries could not do…
Longtime New Yorker magazine staff writer Lillian Ross once admonished aspiring reporters not to write about themselves. “As a reporter, serve your subject,” she wrote, “do not serve yourself. Do not…
Australians don’t like the death penalty – we just don’t want the discomfort of having to care about the people it’s applied to.
Barring some sort of last-minute miracle, two relatively young Australian men, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, are going to be killed by the Indonesian state. They will not be the first to die this way…
A truly deep thinker must draw on both science and the humanities.
The evolution of science and engineering in the 21st century has transformed the role of these professions in profound ways that affect research, scholarship and the practice of teaching in the university…