DeAnna aka Dee or Meowbooks. Student of Life. Hufflepuff. Whovian.
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ok why does this have 16000 notes. either there was a really funny comment here that someone deleted, or the harry potter fandom is so desperate for new things that they just reblog the shit out of gifs of harry looking around holding a crystal ball
Episode 01: If you had to choose between killing one person to save the lives of five others and doing nothing, what would you do?
Episode 02: Sandel presents some contemporary cases in which cost-benefit analysis is used to put a dollar value on human life.
Episode 03: With humorous references to Bill Gates and Michael Jordan, Sandel introduces the libertarian notion that redistributive taxation (taxing the rich to give to the poor) is akin to forced labor.
Episode 04: If we all have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, how can a government enforce tax laws passed by the representatives of a mere majority?
Episode 05: During the Civil War, men drafted into war had the option paying less privileged citizens to fight in their place. This leads to a debate about war and conscription. Is today’s voluntary army open to the same objection?
Episode 06: Professor Sandel introduces Immanuel Kant, a challenging but influential philosopher. Kant argues that only when we act out of duty, do our actions have moral worth.
Episode 07: If your friend were hiding inside your home, and a person intent on killing your friend came to your door and asked you where he was, would it be wrong to tell a lie?
Episode 08: Rawls argues that even meritocracy, a distributive system that rewards effort, doesn’t go far enough in leveling the playing field because those who are naturally gifted will always get ahead.
Episode 09: Should we compensate for historical injustices such as slavery and segregation? When a university’s stated mission is to increase diversity, is it a violation of rights to deny a white person admission?
Episode 10: How does Aristotle address the issue of individual rights and the freedom to choose? If our place in society is determined by where we best fit, doesn’t that eliminate personal choice?
Episode 11: We inherit our past, and our identities, from our family, city, or country. What happens if our obligations to our family or community come into conflict with our obligations to humanity?
Episode 12: In the final lecture, Sandel makes the case for a new politics of the common good. Engaging, rather than avoiding, the moral convictions of our fellow citizens may be the best way of seeking a just society.
221B is a canadian web series in five parts which shows us dr. watson and miss holmes at home at baker street.
While not the grand Sherlockian mystery most are used to, 221B emphasizes the domestic side of the mystery solving duo, often leading to comedic, puzzling and dangerous results. Giving a fresh perspective to the English Icons. Sometimes a woman’s touch is needed, even within the walls of 221B.
it’s short and cute and features a female holmes (!) so if you have a minute you should watch it!
This is a great set-up, but I’m really sad that in this projected future with all this lovely tech, health care is still so fucked up. Like, they destroy the synthetic hearts when people’s bodies are cremated, even though they’re still viable. Why not continue the organ donation system with those incredibly expensive synthetic organs? How was there not legislation about putting them back into the system? These are hardware put into bodies, not actual squishy bits, there is no religious or moral reason to NOT reclaim the synthetic organs after the current owner dies. No wonder so many people are pissed off about this in-universe, and all the cops are like “wow, this sucks, we’re doing our job and people are dying because of it.”
Also, Other DRN (wish I had a better nickname for him) was fired from being a cop because he killed a guy. TO SAVE A SMALL CHILD. I BELIEVE KANT IS ON HIS SIDE THERE. Because they are rational beings with a set of consistent and universal moral rules which they are following, like humans, omg omg omg. Also, WHOA, robots are capable of killing humans! That is a very important detail I think that needs to be explored in depth. There’s a million subversive secret ways robots could kill people in this universe, if they are able to kill. Are there failsafes in place? Because otherwise, “whoops, human, I turned up the gas last night in the house … oh right you aren’t flame resistant.” Or even just little things, like controlling the cars (which Dorian demonstrated this episode he could do!) or proscribing the wrong medication “by accident” or shoving a human into traffic.
And he gets his mind wiped. *shudders* That is so creepy. So very very creepy. These robots should have personhood, legally, according to various schools of ethics, Kantianism for one, and possibly Utilitarianism if they can in fact feel pain and pleasure (which I think they can, they can certainly feel fear.) So the way they’re being treated here is pretty vile. I really hope that like, future seasons include a robot uprising where they get their liberty and rights.
Tl;dr: the ethics in this episode are fucked.
(Thinking about this made me look up an essay I wrote last year for my Ethics class, about robots and free will and sexbots. God I loved that class. It was intense but I loved it so much.)