The Execution of Teresa Lewis

Virginia has recently executed its first person in 98 years, raising interesting questions regarding sexism, ableism, and the death penalty as a practice:


It Gets Better

Dan Savage’s launch video for the It Gets Better Project.  An amazingly good video for its spontaneity, honesty, and message.  The project started as a response to a particular teen suicide case.  200 000 views in the last week, and counting …

No captions, though bits of the auto-captioning on Youtube works.  Sort of.

Genetic Testing: School of Human Development Inaugural Interdisciplinary Event

This debate revolves around the theme of genetic testing, and features Dr. Dawna Gilchrist, the head of the History of Medicine program, and Dr. Francois Bernier from the Calgary Medical Genetics clinic. The event will take place on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 5:00 pm at the Katz Building (room 1080).

Should genetic testing be used for treatment or for management?

Here’s the link to the event:

Health Ethics Seminar: Howard Nye on Psychological Continuity and Neonatal Medicine

The following seminar announcement may be of interest to many What Sorts readers.  You can find the abstract for the presentation below.



The Bearing of Psychological Continuity on Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

Presented by

Howard Nye, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta

Friday, 24 September 2010


Room 2-07 Heritage Medical Research Centre

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Euthanasia Hearings Begin in Quebec

Euthanasia, always a controversial topic, is about to get alot of media attention again…


As public hearings on the controversial topic of dying with dignity get underway in Quebec, the chair of the committee expects debate to become emotional.

Quebec Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley says it’s been 17 years since B.C.’s Sue Rodriguez brought the issues of mercy killing to the fore, when she fought all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to kill herself. And though the court eventually ruled against her, the debate has never gone away, he says. Continue reading

Philosophy TV. Really.

Philosophy TV. It’s new. It’s real. It’s coming … actually, it has come … to a computer near you. Be scared. Be very scared. Congratulations to Brynn Welch et al. for getting this off the ground, and to Tamar Gendler and Eric Schwitzgebel for taking the first, brave steps. To infinity … and beyond.

Tamar Gendler and Eric Schwitzgebel on Implicit associations and belief.

Coming up on Philosophy TV next week or so: Peter Singer and Michael Slot.