Ethics and Reproductive Technology

A Book Review of Ethics of Assisted Reproductive Medicine: A Comparative Study of Western Secular and Islamic Bioethics by Dr. Sharmin Islam In the summer of 2019, I had the privilege to spend a few weeks attending the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) summer program. There, I chose gene-editing as my topic of interest and in an effort to find relevant English-language works was … Continue reading Ethics and Reproductive Technology

Scientific Naturalism and the Abortion Debate

Diagnosing Modern Moral Debate Incommensurability, the idea that there is no rational method to weigh claims between two conceptual frameworks, is a core feature of morality today and the source for moral confusion (1). Even though moral positions take the form of logical validity, two competing valid arguments result in an interminability which denies a rational closure to the debate. But why is this so? … Continue reading Scientific Naturalism and the Abortion Debate

Gene Editing: The Problem of Progress

In November 2018, biophysics researcher He Jiankui rattled the realms of biotechnology, molecular biology, and the rest of the world as he faced an onslaught of condemnations. Headlines like “Genetically edited babies – scientific advancement or playing God?” and “Chinese scientist responsible for Designer Babies is facing Death Penalty” proliferated across mainstream media, as two distinct sides, one excited by the prospects by such technology … Continue reading Gene Editing: The Problem of Progress

Why Scientism Shouldn’t Inform Medical Ethics

The ongoing debate regarding the case of Alfie Evans has brought medical ethics once again under the spotlight, with particular scrutiny on the relationship between medical ethics and scientism. Science is undoubtedly entwined with medical practice; it is scientific research that has and will continue to allow modern improvement in medical care. Nevertheless, a discussion of shortcomings of scientism in directing ethical medical care is required, … Continue reading Why Scientism Shouldn’t Inform Medical Ethics