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Symposium

Every issue has one section dedicated to a particular question. Collecting responses from a range of perspectives, these symposia prompt us to think about the values and ideas that shape our most urgent cultural and personal decisions.

9

Winter 2015

 

Into the Cave

Like many women with countercultural affinities and too much education, when I got pregnant I began planning for a “natural,” i.e. drug-free, childbirth. Considering that…

 

The Social Network

Why, notwithstanding all the grave warnings, do informed people (more and more of them all the time) continue to join social networks and then to…

 

Private Lives

The right to supervision! The right to surveillance! It sounds sinister now, but it went without saying at the time that the Communists could not…

 

Being Known

Is there harm in being observed if I never find out about it and if my life is never affected in any observable way?

 

The Social Filter

In May, Facebook made a widely reported change to its default privacy settings for the site’s new users, setting the audience for posts to “friends”—those…

 

The Genetic Self

Your genes are your essential, true identity. If we accept that message, we permit a private company to deliver to us our selves. If we…