1. Suggested questions for students
when viewing the clip:
a. What is Bill Murray trying to do in his experiment? Is this something that should be researched?
b. Is anything ethically wrong about Bill Murray's science experiment? Later on he is fired as a professor at New York University for this experiment. Is the firing justified based on what you see with this experiment? What is your rationale?
c. How could Bill Murray's experiment be changed so that it is more ethical?
d. Are there any stories in today's science news that seem questionable in terms of ethics?
2. From this clip you can segue right
into the Tuskegee syphilis experiment or other well known, unethical
scientific experiments. You can have the students compare and contrast
the real-life cases with this experiment.
3. You could wait and show this clip after
a learning cycle on ethics in science. The students could prepare
an essay on why this is an example of unethical science, describe
ways to make the experiment more ethical, and explain why science
must be governed by certain regulations.