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This week NY Times Sunday magazine posted two items on this topic which have interesting, well-reasoned, but complex issues and answers. The first concerns the matter of “Black Lives Matter” that has world wide support and concern. The writer  (the reader asking the question)  has already contributed financially to the cause. But critics say that he should also speak out on the social media and cannot stay as a silent supporter. But the writer feel this is “virtue signaling”  (a term I just learned, i.e., advertising how good a person you are).   The second issue deal with being a co-author on a paper submitted to a journal for publication. The co-author also happens to be the organizer of a conference. It was suggested that he invited as keynote speaker for the conference who happens to be a member of the editorial board of the Journal. The co-author feels that this gives him a conflict of interest involving “quid pro quo” which he feels uncomfortable. The short answer to these two dilemma are: 


1. First you have no obligation to speak up on social media since you have already silently provided support.


2. Second, the world is full of ethical dilemma far greater than your concern. Don’t worry about it.


3. The reasoning for answers by the ethicist of NYT are well stated but lengthy occupying two full pages of small prints of the magazine. But NYT is not available in China. If there are enough demand, I’ll try to make them available for the readers of ScienceNet. 






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