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November 5, 2008

Event: Brain Awareness Week

Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL is hosting an annual Brain Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Exploring the Mind“. The keynote speaker is Dr. john A. Kessler, Chair of the Neurology deptartment at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. His address on November 12th is titled, “Stem Cells & Nanotechnology in the Treatment of Neurologic Disease.” Admission to this session is free and open to the public.

Dates: November 10-14, 2008 (Keynote on November 12 at 4:15pm)

Location: Lake Forest College, 555 N Sheridan Rd. Lake Forest, IL 60045

July 15, 2008

When Human Rights Extend to Nonhumans

The Environment Committee of the Spanish Parliament recently voted to give human rights to some non-human animals. Aligning themselves with the Great Ape Project, co-directed by Peter Singer and Paola Cavalieri, Spain is focusing on the similarities of apes to humans and is likely to become the first major world government to extend certain human rights beyond the human species. An interesting article in the NY Times points out the sliding scale on which animal cruelty laws exist. They are based upon the degree to which we as humans can identify with a certain animal.

Many who oppose the Spanish legislation believe this undermines the dignity belonging only to humans. Some argue that by diminishing human dignity Spain is paving the way for more serious ethical issues, such as euthanasia.


The Bioethics Poll
Should individuals and/or institutions be allowed to patent human genes?
Yes, with some qualifications

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Which area of research should more money be invested in:
Animal-Human Hybrids
Gene Therapy
Reproductive Technology
Stem Cell Research
"Therapeutic" Cloning
None of the above

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