Google’s stronghold on our health

Google's AI has fun with animal faces, but what about the company's access to our bodies themselves?Just when you thought the tech giant couldn't get any more powerful, Google is taking greater steps into the game of healthcare information.In the aftermath of the Panama Papers leak, journalists, policymakers, and everyone in-between have voiced their concerns … Continue reading Google’s stronghold on our health

Our fragile minds under surveillance

Maybe Hippocrates would have envisioned greater security for his patients' health information.When it comes to issues in mental health, the day-to-day problems of the mentally ill seem like they might be more than enough for anyone to handle. Mental illness is stigmatized, increasingly rising, difficult to detect and cure, culture plays a role in it, … Continue reading Our fragile minds under surveillance

Complacency in the Medical-Industrial Complex

Long gone are the days of scientists only locked up in labs, secluded from everything but their microscopes and calculators. Now, more than ever, scientists find themselves writing reports and grant proposals, managing jobs, sitting on committees, and delivering lectures.Scientists work in issues at the forefront of policy, ethics, law, and other areas of society. … Continue reading Complacency in the Medical-Industrial Complex

Protecting the Privacy of Mental Health Data

Read this article in the Indiana Daily Student here.... When speaking about the rights of an individual to his/her personal information, it's easy to overlook the "personal" nature of mental health data. And, within the rhetoric of mental health, we spend a lot of time expressing the behavior, feelings and thoughts of those who suffer … Continue reading Protecting the Privacy of Mental Health Data

Mental Illness as a Language

Read this article in the Indiana Daily Student here....Mental health is an increasingly important issue. The World Health Organization estimates mental disorders will have become the world’s largest cause of death and disability by 2020. [3] Alongside this, we've put forth tremendous effort to understand our mental health from a scientific point-of-view. Our post-Enlightenment positivist … Continue reading Mental Illness as a Language

De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness: An Inquiry into Depression

'Nature vs. Nurture' vs. 'Nature and Nature'Here at IU, we have a lot of campaigns directed towards the de-stigmatization of mental illness. Last year, the Hutton Honors College hosted a discussion about issues with Autism in Pop Culture. Though the discussion mostly consisted of sharing personal stories of those with the disease and speaking of … Continue reading De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness: An Inquiry into Depression

The Eclectic Lunatic: At The Crossroads of Knowledge

The other day I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with a high school friend. Through our conversation, we serendipitously wandered through topics of Nietzsche, statistical inaccuracies in peer-reviewed literature, ethnography, and much more that we had both studied. It was only speculation of both of our limited backgrounds, though. Neither of us intended … Continue reading The Eclectic Lunatic: At The Crossroads of Knowledge

The (Wrong) Reasons to Become a Doctor: A Medical Ethicist’s Perspective

This post is written from the point-of-view of pre-medical students, but I believe the issues and topics that I discuss can be applied to any undergraduate student who has a desire to learn. As we search for meaning in our lives, we worry most about "Why do we want to become a doctor?" Indeed, as our … Continue reading The (Wrong) Reasons to Become a Doctor: A Medical Ethicist’s Perspective