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Are Kuhnian Paradigms Shifts Irrational?: By Nathan Patel

Apr
29

     In Thomas Kuhn's seminal work entitledThe Structure of Scientific Revolution he developed a generalized model that outlined the development of science. His model was based upon the constuct of a paradigm which was the set of assumtions and tools that scientist used to investigate the world in a scientific manner. One of his points in the development of science specifically about the progress of science was troubling to many philosophers at the time. Critics interpreted his idea of paradigm shifts as irrational and therefore the progress of science is irrational.

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Cloud Computing in the Digital Age: By Nathan Patel

Apr
27

     In this fast paced environment of daily life, technology is everywhere and we have all heard the buxx around the "cloud". A mysterious computer that lives on the internet where one can have instant and secure access to data and software anytime anywhere. This has led to an explsion in availabilty of information which has definaltey help to usher in the 21st century. But there are some major issues with storing data on the cloud and this is the issue that we will uncover, the dark and unknown pitfalls of cloud computing.

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Sustainability of Biofuels: By Nathan Patel

Apr
17

     Biofuels represent an opportunity to replace fossil fuels for transportation, but not without significant limitations. In this paper I analyze biofuels and their applicability to US socio technical system of oil.

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Cyberinfrastructure: Research Tools of the Future: By Nathan Patel

Aug
09

    Cyberinfrastructure is quickly changing the methods with which scientific research is being conducted. Computers are ubiquitous in our society and the future will be how to connect these computers. The link below is a research paper on how scientific research is impacted by cyberinfrastrucutre and the future of computers in science.

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Embryonic Stem Research Policy Memo: By Nathan Patel

Aug
09

    Stem cell research in an important and promising field of life science research. The possibilities of the research is stand to revolutionize the way Physicians handle some of the most debilitating diseases like neuro-trauma and degeneration as well as tissue regeneration. Stem cell Research has drawn much criticism in the current political climate from the partisan view on the ethical/moral implications of the procurement of Stem cell. The link below is a policy memo written to Dr. Francis Collins, detailing why stem cell research should be legalized.

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Women's Mental Health: By Nathan Patel

Apr
10

     Women are diagnosed at increased rates in disorder like depression, eating disorders, and bi-polar. In this essay we will look at the issue from the feminist perspective and attempt dissect the social construction of gender and its implication on women's mental health.

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Active Versus Passive Euthanasia: By Nathan Patel

Jan
09

     The issue of active versus passive euthanasia has been a hotbed of clash between people that believe any act of killing is akin to murder. While on this surface this may seem true, this paper will attempt to reduce active to passive euthanasia and therefore show that both method are morally equivalent.

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Liver Transplants for Alcoholics: By Nathan Patel

Jan
09

     The redistribution of a scarce resrouces requires a society to decided how to ration and make decisions on people outcomes. In this paper we will look at the moral claim of alcohlics to a liver transplant.

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Universal Healthcare at Home and Abroad: By Nathan Patel

Aug
09

    The delivery of healthcare in the United States of America is in disarray from competing interests to deny care instead of providing long term care for those in need. The link below is an essay that I have compiled from research into the delivery of healthcare at home and abroad and offer a solution to mend the inefficiencies and lack of access to healthcare for all Americans.

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Medical Ethics Which Treatments are Worth The Money: By Nicole Patel

Aug
19

    This paper deals with the issue of how to determine the treatments to be perscribed to patients that are cost effective. This paper deals with the specific issue of Mr. H. who is a hemophiliac. He has a very rare version of the disease that cannot tolerate factor VIII. Recently a new procedure has arisen that is risky, 30% effective and cost $5 Million, as compared to factor VIII which is $100,000 a year. He is crippeled without this procedure but he doesn't have inusurance should socialized medicine pay for his procedure or not?

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Medical Ethics of Lakeberg Conjoined Twins: By Nicole Patel

Aug
15

    The decision of whether or not to separate the Lakeberg conjoined twins that shared a six-chambered heart is a complicated moral dilemma. On the one hand the procedure is very resource intensive and the outcome very slim even for one of the twins. But on the other hand don't we as humans have a moral obligation to save every life we can. This paper discuss the moral dilemma in a three-page summary.

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Medical Ethics of Againg and Rationing of Care: By Nicole Patel

Aug
19

     Againg is a normal process, like aging rationing of medical care in inevitable. Having a distinct age at which care is cut-off is beneficial to saving and re-allocating public funds. Appoxrimatly 35% of all health care is spent on the eldely (>65). Redsitributing some of that care to the younger people is not only beneficial and easier to save but also people who can re-enter the workforce and pay back into the system. But how do you draw the line?

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