The Proposed Moratorium on Clinical Human Germline Editing

As most readers of this blog will know, last week Eric Lander and seventeen others (all seem to be biologists) published a commentary in Nature arguing for an immediate moratorium on clinical human germline editing. (For short, I will call this the Lander proposal while fully acknowledging the other authors.) The Presidents of the U.S. National …

“Field Philosophy” Edited by Evelyn Brister and Robert Frodeman

I am publishing a paper, "Formal Epistemology in a Tropical Savanna," in this book edited by Evelyn Brister and Bob Frodeman. (The paper was the basis for a talk prepared for the  Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies (FEMMSS) cognate session at PSA 2018. Though I could not attend due to ill health--an unexpected bout with …

Panel: “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919: 100 Years Later,” Wed, March 13, 2019 | GAR 4.100 |2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

To mark the centenary of one of the worst disease epidemics ever, I will be speaking as part of a panel organized by the Univesity of Texas Institute for Historical Studies. My talk's title: "One Hundred Years Later: Unknowns of the 1918 Flu Epidemic." Here's the poster for the event. Here is the visual aid I'll …

Conference: Human Success: Evolutionary Origins and Ethical Implications

Hugh Desmond has asked me to publicize the following conference at KU Leuven: Whether in terms of geographic range or ecological dominance, the human species seems to be extraordinarily successful. Yet, how should such claims of extraordinary success be understood? What were the causes of this success, and moreover, what are the ethical implications? On …

Worldwide Measles Outbreaks 2019: Update 25 February

This is the first update on the original 18 February post on measles outbreak 2018. Changes have been made for: Chad, Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Madagascar, Philippines, Ukraine, Vietnam. Country Data (Cases and deaths in 2019, unless otherwise stated.) Australia: 11 cases in January in New South Wales according to a government report; 1 …