CAVE Media 2011

CAVE Media 2011



Free funerals for organ donors: are donation incentives unethical? by Wendy Rogers

The Conversation, October 18, 2011
CAVE member, Wendy Rogers

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the United Kingdom has suggested a scheme to gauge support for the idea of government funding for funerals of people who donate their organs.

The recommendation follows an 18-month investigation into ways to increase the rate of organ donation in the UK, which is very similar to Australia's. Read more.

The truth about lie detection, by Leigh Dayton

The Australian, July 23, 2011
CAVE Visitor, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

THINK brain imaging. In particular, think functional magnetic resonance imaging. Now, think lie detection.

Yes, instead of applying fMRI to the scientific investigation of the brain and what ails it, two US firms - No Lie MRI Inc and Cephos Corporation - claim the neuroscience is in and they can produce accurate assessments of truth-telling or lying by scanning the brains of potential fibbers. Read more.

Surgeons won pledge on drinking, by Kate Hagan

The Age, July 7, 2011
CAVE member, Wendy Rogers

Derryn Hinch signed a contract committing to stay off alcohol before doctors at the Austin Hospital agreed to consider him for a liver transplant. Read more.

A philosopher's view: the benefits and dignity of work, by Nicholas Smith

The Conversation, April 21, 2011
CAVE member, Nicholas Smith

In a recent speech presented at the Sydney Institute, Julia Gillard reaffirmed her commitment to welfare reform aimed at full employment. This was justified not by the need for the government to cut its costs — there was no mention this time of a tough imminent budget–but by an ethical principle: work is a social good that governments ought to promote and help make available to everyone, if the circumstances allow it. Read more.



The moral judgment of psychopaths, presented by Alan Saunders

The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, July 30, 2011
CAVE Visitor, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Our guest this week says psychopaths are rarely high functioning corporate executives with a taste for downsizing. More often, they are low functioning and far more prone than to violent crime than the rest of the population. Today we explore moral judgment, neuroscience, psychopathy and the criminal justice system with ethics Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong from Duke University in the United States. Hear more.

Tree of Life - The cinema of Terrence Malick, presented by Alan Saunders

The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, July 23, 2011
CAVE member, Robert Sinnerbrink

Terrence Malick is, perhaps, unique: a film director who is well-trained in philosophy and who has published an English translation of a book by the great German philosopher Martin Heidegger. But should we see his movies as philosophical statements? In particular, what are we to make of his latest, The Tree of Life, which is set in Texas in the fifties but also takes us back to the creation of the world and the age of the dinosaurs? Metaphysics or pretension? This week, a philosophical investigation of Malick's work. Hear more by Robert Sinnerbrink. 

At the movies with Gilles Deleuze (part 2), presented by Alan Saunders

The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, April 2, 2011
CAVE member, Robert Sinnkerbrink

This week, The Philosopher's Zone goes to the movies. In the second of two programs devoted to the great French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, we examine what he had to say about cinema. He was one of the first philosophers to turn their attention to films and he saw film as a philosophical medium. But what did that mean and why, in his view, did film become more philosophical after World War II? Hear more by Robert Sinnerbrink.

Who was Gilles Deleuze? (part 1), presented by Alan Saunders

The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, March 26, 2011
CAVE member, Robert Sinnerbrink

Gilles Deleuze, who died by his own hand in 1995, was one of the most influential and prolific French philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century. He wrote influentially not just on philosophy, but on literature, film, fine art and the environment as well. But his writing style - highly allusive, peppered with neologisms - is not easy-going. This week, we try to get to grips with a significant and important thinker. Hear more by Robert Sinnerbrink.

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