Michael Davis

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There are many ways to avoid responsibility, for example, explaining what happens as the work of the gods, fate, society, or the system. For engineers, "technology" or "the organization" will serve this purpose quite well. We may distinguish at least nine (related) senses of "responsibility", the most important of which are: (a) responsibility-as-causation(More)
Objective: To describe the pregnancy course and outcome, and use of anakinra, a recombinant selective IL-1 receptor blocker, during pregnancy in patients with cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS), including familial cold auto-inflammatory syndrome (FCAS), Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS) and neonatal onset multi-system inflammatory disease (NOMID).(More)
Numerous small reflector antennas, with cost-effective electronics, feed information into this telescope, designed to search for extraterrestrial intelligence and produce images covering wide areas of the sky. ABSTRACT | The first 42 elements of the Allen Telescope Array (ATA-42) are beginning to deliver data at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory in northern(More)
Perhaps the most common reason science and engineering faculty give for not including 'ethics' (that is, research ethics, engineering ethics, or some discussion of professional responsibility) in their technical classes is that 'there is no room'. This article 1) describes a technique ('micro-insertion') that introduces ethics (and related topics) into(More)
Comprehensive Environmental Assessment (CEA) is a holistic approach for evaluating the environmental implications of various choices among chemicals, products, and technologies. CEA can be used to identify and prioritize research to support future assessment efforts and/or to provide input to risk managers to enable better targeted decisions. CEA offers(More)
What makes a subject philosophically interesting is hard-to-resolve confusion about fundamental concepts. Engineering ethics suffers from at least three such fundamental confusions. First, there is confusion about what the "ethics" in engineering ethics is (ordinary morality, philosophical ethics, special standards, or something else?) Second, there is(More)
Judgment is central to engineering, medicine, the sciences and many other practical activities. For example, one who otherwise knows what engineers know but lacks "engineering judgment" may be an expert of sorts, a handy resource much like a reference book or database, but cannot be a competent engineer. Though often overlooked or at least passed over in(More)