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Claire Zabel

Luck and morality

Objectively assigning moral blame is a difficult thing to do, and when victims are involved it gets that much harder. But luck should be separate from morality.

We can do better than donating to Stanford

We should think about our charity as carefully as we reflect on our work life and as responsibly as we strive to manage our personal relationships. We can do better than The Stanford Fund wants us to. Helping the very needy is a more admirable legacy for a Stanford education.

Disguising extremism as common sense

An argument that relies on this rhetorical ploy--that gets to avoid defending its weakest points, and obscures differences and logical links between different beliefs--is exactly what we need to avoid. In order to formulate intelligent policy, we must seek to elevate reason over rhetoric--and always be wary of the motte and bailey.

Science literacy isn’t a silver bullet

Instead of just encouraging a better-educated population of science enthusiasts, we need to give people the training to engage with the science in a productive, critical manner while holding scientific institutions to the standard of excellence we need.

The captive science problem

In the end, the political situation is a familiar one: big business and the U.S. government allying to dupe, or at least not protect, the American consumer. Hopefully these new dietary recommendations represent a reversal in this trend, but if they do not, we need to ensure that our health guideline are based on science, not the wishful thinking of Big-Ag.

A different take on giving back

Stanford students have a special opportunity to strategically channel their high earning careers and make lasting social change. It is our duty to the world to consider these unconventional paths to helping those in need.
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