Be Good

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Randy Cohen, longtime "Ethicist" columnist for The New York Times Magazine and author of Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, calls on his experience as "The Ethicist" to offer a guide to goodness on the personal and policy level.


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Comments [8]

Sep. 18 2012 02:39 PM
John A

Economics of Waste. If you are the supplier of the wasted commodity, you profit. Society on the whole does not, to say the least.

Sep. 18 2012 11:08 AM
anna from new york

I think I scanned his columns a couple of times, but my highly educated and very sensitive to platitudes, dishonesty, nonsense, etc. stomach ordered me to stop: "Don't you dare to read this "hug each other, smile, etc. garbage." I didn't need convincing - I stopped.

Sep. 18 2012 11:05 AM
bernie from bklyn

in NYC- give people the chance to do the selfish, inconsiderate thing and they will do it almost every time. sorry, but generally, people are horrible.

Sep. 18 2012 10:55 AM
Amy from Manhattan

On the racist patient who didn't want a black anesthesiologist: They should bring in a white anesthesiologist initially to put him under, & then have the black anesthesiologist come in to do the rest of the job while the racist is unconscious. I can't decide if the black anesthesiologist should stay where the patient could see him or her afterwards, though!

Sep. 18 2012 10:55 AM

@John A -

Even bigger medical economics question. Why should the American 'health bill' claim 50% more of GDP than other industrialized nations while leaving 15% of the population uninsured?

Sep. 18 2012 10:54 AM
Dr Duh

If a white patient comes in for surgery and doesn't want a black anesthesiologist it's racism if I indulge him.

If a woman comes in to the emergency room and refuses to be examined by a male physician, what is that?

What if it's a religious preference?

Sep. 18 2012 10:51 AM
John A

Bigger Medical Ethics fish to fry:
Should the American economy be sunk adding 3 months to the life of 100 million people?

Sep. 18 2012 10:50 AM

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