How safe is safe enough? Cloned food and moral panics

Weeks prior to the FDA’s declaration that milk and meat from cloned animals was safe for human consumption, the Wall Street Journal observed that consumers have a history of being cautious in adopting technological innovations in food. Pasteurised milk took years to gain acceptance, and “some consumers and consumer groups still refer to genetically altered foods, like those that contain genetically modified corn or soybeans, as ‘Frankenfood’” (Zhang et al., 2008), more than a decade after such products appeared on the market. Continue reading “How safe is safe enough? Cloned food and moral panics”

Preliminary thoughts

Much of what I’ve been interested in over the last decade or so has revolved around epistemology, and in particular virtue epistemology – in other words, questions around what it is that we should believe, and how we should form our beliefs. These are normative questions, and raise a whole bunch of issues relating to the extent to which we are in fact able to be rational epistemic agents; what such agents would look like; and whether we would want to be disposed in this way at all. Continue reading “Preliminary thoughts”

Slacking, work, World Cup…

Apologies for the paucity of posts – until that Golden Day when slackers are given the respect they deserve, life and work sometimes intrude on one’s Resistentialism. And furthermore, one could quite safely gamble on this relative silence continuing until July 9 or so, when the World Cup ends (although there is another – quite likely – alternative: that gets completely subsumed by football posts!).

For the historical record, and hopefully to demonstrate the supreme powers that higher level Resistentialists possess, here is a document of the Semi-Finalists and winner of the 2006 World Cup:

Semi-finals: Argentina, Netherlands, Brazil, France

Final: Netherlands vs Argentina

Winner: Netherlands

Top-scorer: Ruud van Nistelrooy

I’d like to say England will win, but Argentina beat them in the QuarterFinals (I think on penalties, but my crystal ball is a bit cloudy on this issue).

Darling Nikki

One member of the Resistential community cannot understand why the rest of us are so attached to our (or each others’) cats. Perhaps we do fall into the quite typical trap of anthropomorphism when interacting with our cats, but despite that, they remain wonderful companions. And they are undoubtedly resistential – they may in fact be the ones who brought the movement to this planet. Continue reading “Darling Nikki”