Our Practical Ethics YouTube Channel includes videos of recent public talks such as our Annual Lectures and our St Cross Special Ethics Seminars. There are also many interviews (including the popular Thinking Out Loud series) with OUC research staff, distinguished philosophers, scientists and other experts on a variety of topics such as animal welfare, medical ethics, crime and punishment, conscientious objection, behavioural nudges, and more!
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Katrien Devolder announces a new Thinking Out Loud video series with philosophers and other experts discussing ethical issues raised by the corona-crisis. Topics include animal welfare, prioritising access to vaccines, resource allocation, inequalities, and others.
The current focus of Thinking Out Loud is on Animals and Pandemics. Covid-19 is very likely a zoonotic disease, which means that it was transmitted from animals to humans. Other dangerous infectious diseases, such as SARS, MERS, Ebola and HIV originated in animals too. In fact, of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, 75% are zoonotic. Joining Katrien Devolder are philosophers, scientists and other experts to discuss how we might prevent future pandemics.
Episode 1: How to prevent future pandemics, with Jeff Sebo (Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU)
Katrien and Jeff discuss factory farms as breeding grounds for pandemics, and the importance of considering human and animal health together.
Practical Ethics Series
Practical Ethics Video Series
The Practical Ethics Video Series makes the most important and complex debates in practical ethics accessible to a wide audience through brief interviews with high profile philosophers. In this series of interviews with Dr Katrien Devolder (Philosophy, Oxford), Peter Singer, Shelly Kagan, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, John Harris and many others discuss a wide range of topics including Ethical AI, Medical Ethics, Privacy, Animal Ethics.
Featured interview: Peter Singer on the Global Kidney Exchange Programme
In this interview with Katrien Devolder (University of Oxford), Prof. Peter Singer (Princeton and Melbourne Universities) defends the Global Kidney Exchange (GKE) programme, which matches donor–recipient pairs across high-income, medium-income, and low-income countries. The GKE has been accused of being a form of organ trafficking, exploiting the poor, and involving coercion and commodification of donors. Peter Singer refutes these claims, and argues that the GKE promotes global justice and reduces the potential for people in need of kidneys in low-income and medium-income countries to be exploited.
OUC Lectures and Seminars
OUC Lectures and Seminars
Video recordings of many of our recent public lectures and seminars are available on our YouTube playlist here.
Featured video: Professor Morten Kringelbach's 'The Neuroscience of a Life Well-Lived'
New St Cross Special Ethics Seminar (20 January 2021)
Recent advances in whole-brain modelling have helped stratify the heterogeneity of anhedonia across neuropsychiatric disorders, and the key underlying components of the pleasure network. I will show how modelling of neuroimaging data from diverse hedonic routes such as psychedelics, meditation and music could potentially offer new insights not only into hedonia but potentially also eudaimonia. To this end, we have recently demonstrated the hierarchical organisation of consciousness in over thousand people, and the crucial role played by rare long-range exceptions to a fundamental exponential distance rule of brain connectivity. These processes are controlling the information cascade in the turbulent-like brain dynamics necessary for optimal orchestration of behaviour necessary a life well-lived. This has direct implications for getting a handle on eudaimonia and well-being which are difficult to study empirically, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of anhedonia in neuropsychiatric disorders.