Features

Concussion’s Memory Problem

In the lead-up to this year’s Superbowl, a surge of scientists, celebrities, athletes and everyday citizens all weighed in, many with tongues-in-cheek, to a so-called scandal about the deflation of game balls prepared by one of the competing teams. While popular media bubbled with the latest news for nearly two weeks, a simultaneous commentary was launched by some

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: Accessing Assistive Technology

This month, a brief look at some new initiatives meant to erode many different barriers to access when it comes to assistive technology for people with disabilities. There exists a tendency for popular media to approach innovation in assistive technology with the kind of techno-optimism pervasive in writing about consumer technology, where the stakes are arguably lower and motivations are …

Books

Daniel P. Todes’ Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science

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by Daniel P. Todes

Oxford University Press, 2014. 880 pages.

 

It is going to be difficult for reviewers to avoid clichés about this wonderful biography – and wonderful it is, as both a work of scholarship and as a highly readable story of a truly ‘Russian life in science’. Some basic things …

Features

Ebola and Localizing the “Global Other” in the United States

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The outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa has spurred a great deal of anxiety among state and local public health officials in the United States. The initial arrival of the disease in the United States with a Liberian immigrant in Texas exposed the shortcomings of a response system that relied heavily on guidance and protocols from medical organizations emphasizing protective …

Books

Annemarie Jutel’s Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis in Contemporary Society

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by Annemarie Jutel

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. 175 pages.

 

When we treat diagnosis as simply a medical issue, we mask the tremendous social power involved in putting a name to human suffering. When we transform phenomenological experiences into discrete labels and then treat those labels as reality, we cram …

Books

Cynthia Willett’s Interspecies Ethics

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by Cynthia Willett

2014, Columbia University Press, 220 pages

 

In Interspecies Ethics Willett confronts a thorny issue head-on: what would a non-anthropocentric ethics look like in practice? This question has been grappled with by thinkers from a range of conceptual perspectives, from posthumanism (e.g. Cary Wolfe, Rosi Braidotti) and feminist science studies (Donna Haraway, Isabelle Stengers, Vinciane …