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- Feb 23 20171 hour
Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interests: A Crib Sheet
A semi-comprehensive list of the business concerns that may influence the president during his time in office
- Dec 18 201627 minutes
The 50 Best Podcasts of 2016
From politics shows to horror series, highlights from a year of listening
- Jul 4 20161 minute
The Liberal Hypocrisy of ‘Free Speech’
LIBERALS TEND TO THINK OF THEMSELVES as open-minded and supportive of free speech. But recent examples show otherwise—and prove that many on the left are not above using intimidation and harassment to silence dissenting voices. Consider the fight ag
- Apr 1 20152 minutes
How to Handle Employees Who Avoid Criticism
The Ethics Coach handles tackles two big questions: how to deal with employees who resist feedback and how to create a 'mutually beneficial' internship program.
- Apr 1 20142 minutes
Business Too Casual
A spat over clothing could leave a partnership in tatters
- Jul 4 201613 minutes
Life, the Remix
A new technique that lets scientists edit DNA with ease is transforming science—and raising difficult questions
- Dec 1 20162 minutes
The Moral Imperative for Leaders
WE LIVE IN A TIME of moral outrage. If you listened to partisans on either side of Election 2016, it was a contest between—or a protest of—a criminally corrupt politician and a serial sex offender, even though neither candidate had been formally char
- Apr 18 20164 minutes
Happiness Is About Living the Good Life—However You Define It
The American dream is a self-oriented one. Fulfilling it means getting everything you want out of life. But it is not necessarily a call to live selfishly. It is a call to sanctify what you can achieve and desire—to ennoble the pursuit of happiness.
- Apr 1 20162 minutes
How to Deal When Personal Lives Impact Professional Goals
Conflicts of interest can create far bigger conflicts.
- Oct 1 20161 minute
The Abortion Doctor
interview by ANNA-CATHERINE BRIGIDA GYNECOLOGIST Germán Cardoso’s abortion clinic is easy to find. Located on a residential street in Tandil, Argentina, a small city four hours south of Buenos Aires, the office is marked with a placard bearing the 5
- Sep 5 201610 minutes
The New Transplant Revolution
A rise in transplants that improve lives rather than save them is filled with promise and ethical dilemmas
- May 30 20165 minutes
Why David Hume Is So Hot Right Now
David Chalmers, co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness at New York University, once undertook something odd for a philosopher: He conducted an international poll. In November 2009, he and his then-PhD advisee, David Bourget, aske
- Dec 16 20167 minutes
Why Christopher Hitchens Was a Hero to Scientists
Yesterday marked five years since the passing of Christopher Hitchens, a writer with friends and admirers spanning the political spectrum, every age, gender and sex, and a range of professions and confessions. Those who’ve read and heard him speak kn
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
4 Steps For The Next President
Racism should be a core concern for all Americans, in every area of our lives. Implicit bias—our subconscious associations of race—permeates everything that we do. And we must pursue systemic accountability to fix it. The next President must apply th
- Jul 1 20142 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Dealing With Entitled Employees
It's important to remember that 'want' and 'deserve' don't always overlap.
- Feb 5 20155 minutes
Your DNA Is Nothing Special: It’s time to relax about genetic testing.
When we think of storing information today, we conjure up rows of giant computer servers that house endless streams of digital data. All the world’s information, it seems, will one day be preserved as ones and zeros in permanent, stable, and indestru
- Oct 24 20161 minute
13th: An Amendment With an Identity Crisis
S.Z. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING about the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery—or about the criminal-justice system—there will be something in Ava DuVernay’s succinct, passionate documentary 13th to make your jaw drop. Although the ame
- Mar 1 20132 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Accountability
There's not always a clear-cut answer regarding the amount of responsibility you have to shoulder in every situation. This month our ethics coach tackles two tricky accountability issues.
- Jul 29 20165 minutes
We Should Not Accept Scientific Results That Have Not Been Repeated
A few years ago, I became aware of serious problem in science: the irreproducibility crisis. A group of researchers at Amgen, an American pharmaceutical company, attempted to replicate 53 landmark cancer discoveries in close collaboration with the au
- Jun 1 20143 minutes
The Ethics Coach's Top 3 Strategies for Creating an Ethical Workplace
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- May 1 20152 minutes
The Boss Is Dating an Employee. Now What?
Any owner, CEO or manager needs to tread very carefully when becoming romantically involved with an employee.
- Jan 13 20173 minutes
A Fight Over Ethics in the Age of Trump
Republican Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, has taken aim at a federal watchdog.
- Feb 14 20172 minutes
Ethics Office: 'Disciplinary Action Is Warranted' Against Kellyanne Conway
In a letter to the White House, the government agency warns that “there is strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the Standards of Conduct.”
- Sep 3 201511 minutes
The Philosopher Who Says We Should Play God: Why ethical objections to interfering with nature are too late.
Australian bioethicist Julian Savulescu has a knack for provocation. Take human cloning. He says most of us would readily accept it if it benefited us. As for eugenics—creating smarter, stronger, more beautiful babies—he believes we have an ethical o
- Sep 1 20132 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Practicing What You Preach
Our ethics expert answers questions about online games, employee pay and more.
- Sep 11 20155 minutes
The Moral Argument for Doping in Sports
To almost all sports fans, doping in sports is an issue of near-religious importance, says Julian Savulescu. According to the Australian bioethicist and moral philosopher, fans celebrate people of extraordinary physical ability who dedicate themselve
- Feb 9 201710 minutes
Doctors Against Mar-a-Lago
Two prestigious hospitals are hosting fundraising galas at the Trump Organization’s resort this month. Patients and physicians are protesting what they see as an implicit endorsement, as well as policies that are anti-science and inhumane.
- Jun 1 20162 minutes
Hidden in Plain Sight
THE SELFIE GETS LITTLE RESPECT AS AN ART FORM. Snapping an image of one’s face with a phone held at arm’s length and sharing it with the world certainly seems hollow and narcissistic. But I view the selfie differently. In the age of the War on Terror
- Dec 1 20142 minutes
Will My Employer Sue Me for Starting My Own Business?
You have ethics questions, and we have answers.
- Jan 18 201716 minutes
The Trump Administration's Conflicts of Interest: Scott Pruitt Edition
The president-elect's choice to lead the EPA is currently suing the very agency he may soon be leading.