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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stand at times of challenge and controversy.
—Martin Luther King Jr.
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If the truth brings them down, then by all mean let them go down. This story reinforces for me the fact that businesses are never as ethical as people. It's no surprise that a wind power company would want to bury bird death data, but it reminds me of pharmaceuticals that try to hide negative findings about their drugs. You might think wind power is green and renewable and good, but perhaps it is not. You might think that nuclear power is suicidally dangerous and evil, but perhaps it is not.
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The old code was a restatement of the naturopathic treatment principles. The new code more explicitly addresses the issues which could affect our licensing. I like it that the new code specifies that we shall not give remedies without explaining what's in them. If only conventional physicians would do the same.

The new Code of Ethics )
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Morality is moral
only when
it is voluntary

--Lincoln Steffens, journalist
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...or birthday, if you prefer. August 15th marked 12 years after John Friend first penned the mission statement for Anusara yoga. He worked hard to put his vision into words, and the beauty of the vision was enough to bring many practitioners into the fold. His school of hatha yoga has quickly become widespread around the world. I am one of the many who have been enchanted by it.

Here is John Friend's blog about the beginnings of Anusara.

Also, here is Friend's writeup of ethics for the yoga teacher.

That's him in the brown T-shirt and white hair. Do you GET the joy???
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5 Minds for the Future: Cultivating Thinking Skills
by Jamie on July 15, 2009

“…We must immediately expand our vision beyond standard educational institutions. In our cultures of today – and of tomorrow – parents, peers, and media play roles at least as significant as do authorized teachers and formal schools…if any cliché of recent years ring true, it is the acknowledgment that learning must be lifelong.”
– Howard Gardner
Great article, text behind cut )
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and these monkeys will pass the trait on to their young.
They've already made glow in the dark mice.
They use retroviruses to insert the genes.
See here for pics and article:

text of BBC article )
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This study indicates that use of placebos is widespread and that it is not considered to be unethical.
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According to Msgr. Gianfranco Girotti in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Catholics now have some new instructions beyond avoiding the Seven Mortal Sins. A review for those of us not fully indoctrinated:

Seven Mortal Sins

The new instructions are to avoid the Seven Modern Vices, which are based on violating the "basic rights of human nature". I didn't find an explanation of the rights, but here are the vices:
genetic engineering
being obscenely wealthy
taking drugs
causing social injustic
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iatrophobic = afeared of docs
more )


Jan. 11th, 2008 03:54 pm
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I'm going to begin here to collect ethical arguments pertaining to the issue of abortion in the US. These notes will be the backdrop of a paper that I will write later.
notes )
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In today's news: Scientists in Britain are breeding embryos from stem cells made by inserting human DNA into an animal cell with most of its genetic material removed. Human eggs are hard to come by. They say this process is "less cumbersome and yields better results", but not why. They call them "hybrid embryos".
BBC science links )
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I read a bit. When I read words that I do not know I look them up. But it takes more than this for me to learn them. So from this point forward I will be recording new vocabulary words in this journal, and attempting to use them. If you are familiar with the words and can use them correctly for me, please do!

probity = uprightness in dealings, integrity, honesty----a Mormon family in the first chapter of Krakauer's book Under the Banner of Heaven was known for their probity and industriousness....I aspire to probity, it is one of the four agreements: be impeccable with your word...

anomie = lawlessness, unrest, breakdown of standards & values, alienation, lack of purpose----this term found in a long list of emotional effects of our suburban culture in The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler----"The state-of-the-art mega-suburbs of recent decades have produced horrendous levels of alientation, loneliness, anomie, anxiety and depression, and we may well be better off without them." Pronunciation note: emphasis on first syllable, o is lost to an uh sound.

casuistry = 1. a resolving of specific cases of conscience, duty of conduct through interpretation of ethical principles or religious doctrine 2. specious argument, rationalization. The use of the word I found was in describing the reaction of conventional economists to the peak oil phenomenon--their idea that market fluctuations will cause innovation which will fix everthing, and that the oil decline problem "must be overstated" was seen by Kunstler as "obvious casuistry", but he also says that "casuistry can be a great comfort when a problem has no real solution."

These words rhyme. Any poets out there?


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