Questionable Motives

September 28, 2009

Some horrific cases of CAM and autism

Filed under: General,Medicine,Science — tildeb @ 3:55 pm

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is growing in popularity and can be quite lucrative for practitioners of these therapies. CAM is also wending its way into publicly funded scientific medicine in spite of a lack of researched efficacy from solid studies. The strongest support for CAM usually comes from people who give the most weight to anecdotal stories and/or who believe that pharmaceutical companies (and their products) are, for lack of a better word,  evil. To at least balance in some very small way this reliance on positive anecdotal evidence, I offer these case studies from Science-Based Medicine’s blog.

Human rights before religion

Filed under: Culture,Politics,Religion — tildeb @ 3:31 pm

Have we forgotten to protect women in our bid to accommodate practices carried out in the name of Islam?


As importantly, how can we accommodate both human rights for all and religious freedom… if the latter practice sublimates the former?

Justice Theory

Filed under: Culture,Literature,Philosophy,Politics,Religion — tildeb @ 1:28 pm

Suppose three children—Anne, Bob, and Carla—quarrel over a flute. Anne says it’s hers because she’s the only one who knows how to play it. Bob counters that he’s the poorest and has no toys, so the flute would at least give him something to play with. Carla reminds Anne and Bob that she built the darn thing, and no sooner did she finish it than the other two started trying to take it away.

What is the most just resolution to this dispute?

From an article in The Chronicle about a new book by Amartya Sen, we are given yet another notion how to define what justice is – what it should look like in action.  “Reasoning,” writes Sen early on, “is a robust source of hope and confidence in a world darkened by murky deeds.” Indeed, I think it is the only source.

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