Article Announcement: Addiction or compulsion: Our love/hate relationship with technology

This first of two articles I review Sharon Begley’s book Can’t Just Stop: An Investigation into Compulsions. Begley says that our need to check our cell phone every five minutes is not an addiction, but a compulsion. Begley is a … Continue reading

Article Announcement: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Algorithm

I have a new article at MercatorNet on Facebook’s Trending feature and the controversy that just won’t go away. First Facebook came under fire for allegedly removing conservative outlets from their Trending news list. Then people were surprised to learn … Continue reading

Quartz: Pigs with Human Hearts, and Other Wild Tales from the Future of Organ Donation

I have a new article in Quartz, an online publication that hits a wide audience and is geared toward the global business community. Find my article here, “Pigs with human hearts, and other wild tales from the future of organ … Continue reading

The Stream: Panel Says FDA Should Approve Experiments on Male ‘Three-Parent’ Embryos

I have a new article at The Stream on the U.S.’s Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that the FDA approve mitochondrial transfer, or what is being called “three-parent IVF” in the media. Read about it here. … Continue reading

Is It a Bad Habit or an Addiction?

The recent issue of Scientific American has an article by Carl Erik Fisher, a psychiatrist and bioethics professor at Columbia University, in which he explores whether behavioral addictions are mental illnesses or just bad habits. His article, “Food, sex, gambling, … Continue reading