BIGGER BREASTS AND SMALLER NOSES: The Correction Continuum. Is Plastic Surgery Immoral?

Is plastic surgery immoral?Chances are, you think it’s a bad idea to have breast enhancement surgery (in the vernacular, a “boob job”).  You think it’s (choose one or more): too risky, too expensive, superficial, degrading to women, likely to cause cancer or adverse side-effects in old age, likely to impair breast-feeding....Chances are, conversely, that you would unquestioningly shell out $3,500 of your hard-earned dollars for orthodontics to straighten your pre-teen son’s teeth.  * … [Read more...]

WE ARE THE "ICE-NINE" OF THE UNIVERSE

Cats Cradle

In his 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle, science fiction writer Kurt Vonnegut introduces a fictional polymorph he calls “ice-nine.”  According to Vonnegut, ice-nine is an alternative structure of water that is solid at room temperature.  It acts as a seed crystal which, when it comes into contact with liquid water below 45.8° C, causes the rapid freezing of the entire body of water.In Cat’s Cradle “Papa” Monzano, the badly ailing dictator of the mythical island of San Lorenzo, while dying of inoperabl … [Read more...]

You Are What You Do/Say/Think….

Brain

I read once that when a neurosurgeon touches a spot on the human brain with a probe, he elicits memories.  All kinds of memories:  a moment in childhood, a school day, a family vacation from years past.  Sights, sounds, tastes, smells, feelings.  Pain and pleasure, fear and fury and fun.  Whatever is stored on that particular neural tract, on the slender, myelin-wrapped pathway, is revealed by the surgeon’s gentle touch. It’s a sobering thought.  That means that everything we have thought and sa … [Read more...]


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