Risky Racing: No Easy Solution

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Day’s Verse:
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when your are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!
James 1:22
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In her book Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research, Caroline Whitbeck proposes a hypothetical moral dilemma she calls “Risky Racing” in which a solar race-car team finds that its vehicle flips over when taking turns at moderate speeds. The team is loath to scrap its efforts, however, as it has $40,000 of their sponsors’ money on the project and have already bought the tickets to the Australian race. Their conundrum is based partly on the fact that they sold the idea to sponsors based on the car’s light design, and partly within the fact that the race occurs once every three years, making the current opportunity the only opportunity for many of the designers. This paper will identify the specific ethical issues and conflicts of interests in the case, discuss what outcomes are at stake, and explain my suggested solutions for this situation. Continue Reading >>

Housing Woes

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Day’s Verse:

“Therefore, keep your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.”

Acts 27:25

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I have lately become concerned about finding a place to live next year. Ian and I can’t very easily afford to stay here, where the rent is sure to hit $1,100 a month plus all utilities, by ourselves. We’ve started looking at places and are expecting a call today about seeing two apartments which, unfortunately, are avaliable now and so won’t really be viable for us. Sunday we’re also looking at a place that sounds pretty good, but Thursday we went to one that had been advertised as great but turned out just OK. He’d claimed there was a dishwasher, washer, and dryer in the apartment, and there just plain weren’t. Plus there was very little (no) storage space, and Ian and I are obliged to keep a large number of specialized boxes in which to pack our more delicate things. Continue Reading >>