Panelists debate: How far should gun rights go?

 On October 7 the Vann Center hosted a panel discussion on “Gun Rights, Responsibilities and Regulations.” We were very pleased not only with the insights shared by our invited experts, but also by the civil dialogue that ensued, thanks to …the respectful attitude exhibited by all of our attendees. Here’s a story about the forum [...]

Misconduct by Emergency Medical Technicians

Brief excerpts from an interview with Dr. Perry were included in this investigative report by Kathryn Burcham today on misconduct by emergency medical technicians, WSOC-TV in Charlotte: http://www.wsoctv.com/videos/news/9-investigates-state-investigators-look-into/v5fnT/

Should the press or the public be denied access to gun-permit records?

Should the press or the public be denied access to gun-permit records? Does that access threaten the safety of gun owners (or non-owners)? Or in the wake of Sandy Hook etc., do we have a right to know if our neighbors are assembling enormous (even if legal) arsenals of weapons and ammunition in their homes? [...]

Should college coaches be allowed to ban their student athletes from using social media like Twitter?

Should college coaches be allowed to ban their student athletes from using social media like Twitter? An interesting perspective here: http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2013/02/25/athletic-programs-twitter-jitters/?cid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en

What, then—if anything—pushes people toward greater honesty?

“We tend to think that people are either honest or dishonest… If this were true, society might easily remedy its problems with cheating and dishonesty” – Dan Ariely, adapted from his book The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves  After a decade of studies, “The results of these experiments [...]

Faculty Op Ed: Ethics Center Director Calls for Limit on Drone Strikes — But Not an End

February 12, 2013 By David Perry Professor of Applied Ethics and Director of the Vann Center for Ethics Lethal strikes by unmanned U.S. aircraft (drones) against terrorist suspects in Pakistan, Yemen etc. have provoked vigorous debate over the past several years. But the controversy came to a head this week in connection with Senate confirmation [...]

The End of Sex: The Future of Human Reproduction

Dr. Hank Greely, The Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law at Stanford University, believes that in 20-40 years, most babies of parents with good health coverage will be conceived through in-vitro fertilization, so that those parents can take advantage of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. The problems with IVF that make it unpopular now will [...]

Ethics in Journalism

My students in Ethics in Professional Life are reading and talking about journalism now. In researching contemporary press freedom and censorship, I came across some incredibly moving stories of heroic journalists who have been imprisoned or even murdered because of their efforts to expose governmental corruption, organized crime etc. Take a look at this website [...]

The President’s new proposals on guns

The President’s new proposals on guns, well worth reading and discussing: http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/555653/white-house-gun-proposals.pdf

Ethics of Torture

Dr. Dave Perry will be interviewed today at 3:40 p.m. Eastern Time on a San Diego radio program, KPBS Midday Edition, http://www.kpbs.org/news/midday-edition/. The show can be heard live on that website, and will also be available as a podcast an hour after the broadcast. The topic of the program will be the ethics of torture, [...]

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