Jonathan  Anomaly Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Jonathan Anomaly

Jonathan Anomaly has taught at Duke, UNC, San Diego, and Penn. Most of his research focuses on collective action problems, especially those raised by the use of new biomedical technologies. Anomaly is also interested in how demographic changes drive the rise and fall of civilizations.

Personal Interests

    Jonathan Anomaly was born in Hawaii and grew up in Southern California. When he is not working, he is usually planning a surf trip or spending time with family and friends.



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Cognitive Enhancement and Network Effects: How Individual Propserity Depends on Group Traits

Published: Feb 01, 2020 by Philosophia
Authors: Jonathan Anomaly and Garett Jones

We argue that the case for using mate selection, embryo selection, and other interventions to enhance heritable traits like intelligence is strengthened by the fact that they seem to have positive network effects. These network effects include increased cooperation in collective action problems, which contributes to social trust and prosperity.

Public Health Ethics

The Future of Phage: Challenges of Using Phage Viruses to Treat Bacterial Infections

Published: Jan 02, 2020 by Public Health Ethics
Authors: Jonathan Anomaly

As resistance to traditional antibiotics continues to spread around the world, there is a moral imperative to facilitate research into phage therapy as an alternative treatment. This essay reviews ethical questions raised by phage therapy, and discusses regulatory challenges associated with phage research, and phage treatments.


Great Minds Think Different: Preserving Cognitive Diversity in an Age of Genetic Selection

Published: Jan 01, 2020 by Bioethics
Authors: Anomaly, Gyngell, and Savulescu

We argue that decisions to manipulate polygenic psychological traits will be much more ethically complicated than choosing Mendelian traits like blood type. We end by defending the principle of regulatory parsimony, which holds that when legislation is necessary to prevent serious harms, we should aim for simple rules that apply to all, rather than micro‚Äźmanaging parental choices that shape the traits of their children.

Ethics and Drug Reistance

Intensive Animal Agriculture and Human Health: The Need for Global Collective Action

Published: Jan 01, 2020 by Ethics and Drug Reistance
Authors: Jonathan Anomaly

The use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is steadily increasing, especially in developing countries. The European Union and a handful of developed countries have implemented policies to scale back the use of antibiotics, recognizing its role in the global rise of antibiotic resistance. To minimize the careless use of antibiotics around the world, we need multi-lateral coordination between states on some common standards for the use of antibiotics in animals.