Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Bioethicists

In the spirit of the season, the Women's Bioethics Blog team has some recommendations to bring some bioethics cheer to your Holiday Gift-Giving:

1.) A Copy of The Omnivore's Dilemma, for anyone who has given any thought to the phrase 'you are what you eat'.

2.) A DVD of Michael Moore's Sicko, for whatever ails you.

3.) Energy-saving light bulbs (How many bioethicists does it take to screw in light bulb?)

4.) Donate to Heifer International (seriously)

5.) Spray-on condoms (not-so-seriously-gag gift)

6.) B
iotech blooms - in vitro orchids -a sort of whimsically sweet gift for anyone interested in gardening/plants, or just novel things.

7.) A Grow-Your-Own-Skin Kit (just what I always wanted!)

8.) Med school in a box [game]

9.) Your very own pocket-sized version of the AMA Principles of Medical Ethics.

10.) anything from the Bodyworlds store! The book, however, is always a hit, and you couldn't pry mine out of my cold, dead hands. ;-)

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of our readers!

[Editor's note, added Dec 19 2007 at 7:40pm -- I had to add a personal favorite to my wishlist --for sci-fi lovers, the darkly fascinating Blade Runner, The Final Cut.]


Kelly Hills said...

I must admit, though, that the energy saving bulbs seem like they're actually not great for rooms you walk in and out of rapidly - like bathrooms. Every time I've encountered them in a restroom, they're just starting to turn all the way on when I'm washing my hands and turning the lights back off.

I have to wonder how energy efficient they actually are, given that. Does anyone know?

SabrinaW said...

Mythbusters did a test on those to see if you saved more energy turning CFL bulbs on and off, or leaving them on. It turned out that they still saved more energy being turned off unless the time interval was only a few minutes apart.

The flickering is annoying, though. :)

Great list!

Kelly Hills said...

Well, I can bet they save more energy being turned off - the problem isn't so much the flickering as it is the weird purple lowlight that reminds me of my days lurking in a goth club, which doesn't tend to go away til they're warmed up - right as I'm leaving the restroom. ;-)