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Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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R.I.P. Hitch.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:25:55 UTC | #899401

Go to: Drugs and the Meaning of Life

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I feel I'm obliged to post an approving comment considering I have Doug Stanhope in my av.

War on drugs. What a joke.

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:05:22 UTC | #846989

Go to: Chris Mooney - Accommodationism and the Psychology of Belief

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Thanks for excerpt from The Moral Landscape, Wendy. That was quality stuff from Sam, as usual.

Still haven't read that book. Bought it for Xmas for my brother but I think I'll buy one for myself too.

Fri, 13 May 2011 04:51:44 UTC | #626361

Go to: Are Doctors Cowards? Is the Medical Profession Corrupt?

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Comment 35 by InYourFaceNewYorker :

Your analogy is a strawman argument.

Good job.

I especially like the reasoning part of your claim.

Also, my big thing is not as much the doctors who refuse to do it but the doctors who do do it who haven't spoken up. What if one day all the doctors who planned to assist in certain patients' suicides synchronized the deaths for the same day and basically stood up and admitted it? Strength in numbers, you know?

Yes, how dare the heroes who actually break the law to help people not come forward with their actions? Fucking pussies, right.

I don't know what more can be said here. Your position is clear. You feel strongly about this issue, have a poor excuse for why you won't do shit, and yell at other people to act (whilst acting like a coward).

Wed, 11 May 2011 04:57:53 UTC | #625678

Go to: Are Doctors Cowards? Is the Medical Profession Corrupt?

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Comment 33 by InYourFaceNewYorker :

Why don't I do it? Because I'm not a doctor. I'm not in a profession in which the moral responsibilty is to relieve pain.

Well, congratulations for not getting into that profession then. Wouldn't want the moral responsibility to relieve people's suffering. Phew.

I guess if a mother is viciously beating her child on the street, I don't have to intervene, because I'm not a police officer. (Not the perfect analogy since intervention in such a case would actually be legal - even required by law to a degree)

And anyway here's a scenario: Let's say for the sake of argument leg amputation was illegal for some religious reason. A patient has gangrene. Should the doctor in that situation do nothing while the leg infects and festers because a law says he can't do anything?

Also, in the Netherlands (correct me if I'm wrong) euthanasia became legal because the medical establishment set up guidelines for it and began practicing it. Before it was legal, it was tolerated by their enlightened, non-religious government.

Julie

If you can guarantee that a doctor doesn't lose his licence (and possibly freedom) by doing something like this, I would agree that he/she has the responsibility to act. If not, he has no more of a responsibility than you. I'd say the first people you go to in that situation are friends and family.

Wed, 11 May 2011 03:35:17 UTC | #625663

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