Will neuroscientific understanding undermine our sense of self?
Reporting on more and more experiments that predict action before conscious intention, Nature, the leading science journal, ran the sensationalist headline: "Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will". But is there really such a stark distinction? What applies to an a quasi-automated actions in the laboratory may have nothing to do with complex, socially mediated choices
Genetic medalling – what do genes tell us about sporting ability?
Genetic causation in sporting ability challenges our notions of the level playing field. But we can use the knowledge we are developing to undermine the importance of race and emphasise the person
Manufacturing people and reproductive technology
Our idea of unnaturalness is a product of myth, not science. Reproductive technology is represented and imagined today as playing God has been in ages past. A review of Philip Ball's "Unnatural: the heretical idea of making people" invites the question of whether these representations have any moral content?