Yesterday, Thu 4th Oct, Oskar MacGregor gave a University of Skövde “Popular Science Café” presentation (in Swedish) on some of the various ethical and privacy hazards of increasing digitalization. The content also did the rounds in local media (again in Swedish).
Digitalization and privacy
Senior lecturer Oskar MacGregor has gone on something of a media blitz this summer on the topic of digitalization of personal information and its impact on privacy, from – in particular – an ethical perspective. On 2 July, Oskar held a presentation at Almedalen in Visby, Gotland – Sweden’s largest annual gathering of politicians, media, […]
Links week 24
Dorothy Bishop on editorial integrity. Neuroskeptic on decoding faces, null results, and voodoo neuroscience. The Neuroethics Blog on the ethics of consumer tDCS devices. Simon Oxenham on gender stereotypes and their impact on the scientific endeavor. PLoS Neuroscience Community put together a collection of important papers on neurodegenerative diseases. 1 Boring Old Man on anti-depressants […]
… including a story on the minimally conscious state (MCS), a polemic against the computer metaphor of the mind, an argument against the view that we have privileged access to our own thoughts, and reasoned skepticism about the dangers of AI.
Scandalous publication behavior…
… in relation to the recent takedown of some seriously flawed randomized controlled trial (RCT) research on citalopram (an SSRI anti-depressant). Nice overview, with appropriate tangents, available from 1 Boring Old Man, discussing the original article, related methodological concerns from many decades ago, some practical ramifications, and subsequent elaborations. Interesting (and at times horrendous) stuff!
Introduction to the practical application of neuroethics research…
… in relation to brain scans used in death penalty cases in the USA. Surprisingly evenhanded, for a mainstream media take on neuro; more like this necessary!
Empathy Online: Where in the narrative does the trigger lie?
In the previous posts concerning the elicitation of empathic responses on the HONY blog in relation to the refugee series, I have highlighted the differences between the HONY blog and more general news outlets, as well as the ability of the blog to sidestep the problems in photojournalism. I have also touched upon the possibility […]
Empathy Online: The psychological dynamics behind evading empathy fatigue
This is part three of a four-part post series concerning empathy and the HONY blog. In the first and second posts, I have highlighted the effectiveness of the HONY blog in terms of evoking empathic responses from readers, as well as its ability to sidestep some of the problems inherent in photojournalism. For this and […]