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Ethicist Peter Singer Critiques Roe v. Wade, Obamacare, Romney

Ethicist Peter Singer Critiques Roe v. Wade, Obamacare, Romney

Last week the man whom The New Yorker called "the most influential living philosopher" came to my school, Stevens Institute, to talk about "Ethics and the Election." Peter Singer, who was raised in Australia and now teaches at Princeton and the University of Melbourne, espouses utilitarianism, an ethics that seeks to minimize suffering and maximize wellbeing.

October 22, 2012 — John Horgan
Comrades, Join the "Peer Progressive" Movement!

Comrades, Join the "Peer Progressive" Movement!

Fed up with Obomney? Sick of both Democrats and Republicans? Do you see the parties' similarities—their cowardly hawkishness and craven obeisance to deep-pocketed donors--as more significant than their differences?

October 8, 2012 — John Horgan
Is Cosmos a "Piece of Light Verse" Tossed Off by a Bored God?

Is Cosmos a "Piece of Light Verse" Tossed Off by a Bored God?

Last spring, I offered a harsh assessment of A Universe from Nothing (Free Press, 2012), in which physicist Lawrence Krauss proposed that physicists have finally, probably, maybe, sort of, answered The Question of All Questions: Why is there something rather than nothing?

September 21, 2012 — John Horgan
Did the U.S. Overreact to the 9/11 Attacks?

Did the U.S. Overreact to the 9/11 Attacks?

Last year, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks by Al Qaeda on the United States, I posted a column arguing that the U.S. overreacted to these horrific acts of terrorism.

September 10, 2012 — John Horgan
My Two &*%$#!!! Questions for Romney and Obama

My Two &*%$#!!! Questions for Romney and Obama

Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama recently answered 14 science-related questions put to them by Scientific American and ScienceDebate.org.

September 7, 2012 — John Horgan
How William Thurston (RIP) Helped Bring About "The Death of Proof"

How William Thurston (RIP) Helped Bring About "The Death of Proof"

William Thurston, who died on August 21 at the age of 65, would have hated this post's headline. Let me tell you why it's justified. In 1993, when I was a full-time staff writer for Scientific American , my boss, Jonathan Piel, asked, or rather, commanded me to write an in-depth feature on something, anything, mathematical.

August 24, 2012 — John Horgan
Stanley Miller and the Quest to Understand Life's Beginning

Stanley Miller and the Quest to Understand Life's Beginning

Thursday 26th July saw the launch of SciLogs.com , a new English language science blog network. SciLogs.com , the brand-new home for Nature Network bloggers, forms part of the SciLogs international collection of blogs which already exist in German , Spanish and Dutch .

July 29, 2012 — John Horgan
If You Want More Higgs Hype, Don't Read This Column

If You Want More Higgs Hype, Don't Read This Column

So it's finally, probably, maybe, happened. Although they are still hedging a bit, physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced this morning that they had found the long-sought Higgs boson.

July 4, 2012 — John Horgan
Maybe Now Americans Will Finally Get Affordable Care!

Maybe Now Americans Will Finally Get Affordable Care!

I'm immensely relieved by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as reported here. The ruling represents a crucial step toward fixing my country's dysfunctional health care system.

June 28, 2012 — John Horgan
Stories by John Horgan

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