Imagine consulting on some of the most important matters, and having a team of philosophers and ethicists out doing the work. Applied philosophy? Academics at work in the world!
Finally! Involving the public in decisions on core human issues. We really can do this, and we need to do it.
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has launched a consultation. … For the next three months the council will be taking soundings from the public on whether it would be ethical for the state to use financial incentives to deal with the shortfall in public donations of sperm, eggs and organs.
If the council is going to investigate the manner in which other countries do things, it will have to analyse the system of “presumed consent”, whereby the public is required to “opt-out” rather than “opt-in” to the donor register. Whenever this idea is raised in Britain, it tends to provoke public hostility, as was the case when the Royal College of Physicians recommended it last year.