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Procreative beneficence: why we should select the best children.
TLDR
A principle which is defended, called Procreative Beneficence, is defended: couples should select the child, of the possible children they could have, who is expected to have the best life, or at least as good a life as the others, based on the relevant, available information. Expand
“You're one of us now”: Young people describe their experiences of predictive genetic testing for Huntington disease (HD) and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
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Future research concerning the effects of predictive genetic testing in young people must remain broad and should aim to measure the beneficial as well as the harmful effects that resonate for young people themselves. Expand
Conscientious objection in medicine
  • J. Savulescu
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 2 February 2006
Deeply held religious beliefs may conflict with some aspects of medical practice. But doctors cannot make moral judgments on behalf of patients
The Moral Obligation to Create Children with the Best Chance of the Best Life
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The Principle of Procreative Beneficence is introduced, its content, grounds, and implications are explained, and it is argued that PB is superior to competing principles ofprocreative selection such as that of procreative autonomy. Expand
Why we should allow performance enhancing drugs in sport
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The use of performance enhancing drugs in the modern Olympics is on record as early as the games of the third Olympiad, when Thomas Hicks won the marathon after receiving an injection of strychnine in the middle of the race. Expand
‘Utilitarian’ judgments in sacrificial moral dilemmas do not reflect impartial concern for the greater good
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‘Utilitarian’ judgments in moral dilemmas were associated with egocentric attitudes and less identification with humanity, and this lack of association remained even when antisocial tendencies were controlled for. Expand
The Oxford Principles
Scientific momentum is increasing behind efforts to develop geoengineering options, but it is widely acknowledged that the challenges of geoengineering are as much political and social as they areExpand
The perils of cognitive enhancement and the urgent imperative to enhance the moral character of humanity
abstract As history shows, some human beings are capable of acting very immorally.1 Technological advance and consequent exponential growth in cognitive power means that even rare evil individualsExpand
Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement
1. Introduction 2. Human Nature and Common Sense Morality 3. Liberal Democracy 4. Catastrophic Misuses of Science 5. Responsibility for Omissions to Aid 6. The Tragedy of the Commons 7. The TragedyExpand
The neural basis of intuitive and counterintuitive moral judgment
TLDR
Functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to identify the neural correlates of intuitive and counterintuitive judgments across a range of moral situations, and found that counterintuitive moral judgments were associated with greater difficulty and with activation in the rostral anterior cingulate cortex, suggesting that such judgments may involve emotional conflict. Expand
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