Google’s near monopoly of internet search and its wealth has given it immense political power as well. Despite its protestations that it doesn’t take sides in politics, Karl Stephan contends that Gooogle clearly tried to influence the results of the recent referendum in Ireland on abortion – tried, and succeeded! He makes some excellent points about the company’s absurd claim to neutrality.
And while we’re on the topic of the referendum in Ireland, north of the border, in Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal, the UK Supreme Court did its best to legalise it this week. Also, check out Maria Horan’s article; she argues that Ireland’s new-found secularism is a fig leaf for a new colonialism.
In other stories, Chiara Bertoglio reflects upon research that shows that women suffering from dementia become calmer and more alert when they are cuddling dolls. It’s cheaper than drugs but where are their relatives?
Which brings us to another topic: should you love your children? Strange but true, this is an open question for some bioethicists – read about it here. One fellow argues that loving your own kith and kin is immoral. Go figure!
There’s lots more reading below.
PS – there will be no newsletter on Monday. In Sydney we shall be celebrating the Queen’s Birthday.