Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News & Views |

    The ethics of research into the genetics of sexuality is not straightforward. A new study by Zietsch et al. investigates a hypothesis for the evolutionary basis of same-sex sexual behaviour. This increases our understanding of the genetics of complex behaviour, raising questions about whether and how such knowledge should be used.

    • Julian Savulescu
    • , Brian D. Earp
    •  & Udo Schuklenk
    Nature Human Behaviour 5, 1123-1124
  • Comments & Opinion |

    That the interstellar object 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) could be an extraterrestrial artefact is an unorthodox hypothesis. From a philosophical perspective, however, the structure of the underlying argument for the hypothesis is flawed.

    • Christopher Cowie
    Nature Astronomy 5, 526-527
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Research over the past decades has demonstrated the explanatory power of emotions, feelings, motivations, moods, and other affective processes when trying to understand and predict how we think and behave. In this consensus article, we ask: has the increasingly recognized impact of affective phenomena ushered in a new era, the era of affectivism?

    • Daniel Dukes
    • , Kathryn Abrams
    •  & David Sander
  • Comments & Opinion |

    We spoke with Mariarosaria Taddeo, an associate professor and senior research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Dstl Ethics Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute working on digital and AI ethics about two recent reports from the UK and the US on using AI in national defence and security.

    • Liesbeth Venema