This Week in Bioethics #100

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To celebrate the 100th This Week in Bioethics (TWIB), Jennifer and I did a 10 minute Facebook live version of TWIB! 1. How Many? How many? This was Jennifer’s simple question in her testimony before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee yesterday morning. How many women . . . how many children . . . […]

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New Survey Reveals Americans Wary of Faking Life

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A number of outlets are reporting this week on a new survey that reveals a wariness among American adults toward biotechnologies that can be used for enhancement purposes. The survey of 4,700 adults also involved six focus groups to allow researchers to delve into the reasons behind the survey responses. The main takeaways from the survey […]

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Top Ten Posts (#4) #TBT

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We’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at This week’s entry, #4, is Wesley Smith’s examination of the core beliefs and goals of transhumanism. From “The Trouble with Transhumanism” For those who may not know, transhumanism is a Utopian social movement and philosophy […]

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Her: A Cautionary Tale

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Spike Jonze’s film Her, currently out in theaters and an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, is a cautionary tale of the future that awaits us if we continue to hail technology as our savior. Set in the not too distant Los Angeles, Tom Twombly (masterfully portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix) is reeling from a failed […]

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Having Children: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Eugenics is evil in that it presumes that some human beings are better than others, and moreover, that we have a duty to control procreation to improve the human herd. In the USA, the first iteration of this great wrong — a political progressive project, by the way — led to hundreds of thousands of […]

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Singularity Documentary

Anyone interested in where science, medicine, biotechnology, and information technology are headed should be interested in the concept of the singularity. Helpfully, a documentary has just been released that topic. In an interview with The Atlantic, the filmmaker reveals a bit of his journey to understanding the singularity and making the film. as I interviewed […]

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Transhumanists as Nietzche’s Children

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC You are going to die. How’s that for a cheerful lede? But it is true. You are going to die. So am I. No escape. Deal with it constructively. Some say that when humans became aware of death, we invented religion for that precise purpose. […]

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Transhumanism is Religion for Atheists

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) is one of the major transhumanist Websites. The writers there really take the nonsense of uploading minds into computers and fashioning a post humanity seriously. I have opined often that transhumanism is a religion, that is, a […]

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Money Changes Everything

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President When the news broke that Mitt and Ann Romney welcomed grandchildren numbers 17 and 18 this past Friday via “gestational surrogacy,” those of us here at CBC central—who oppose commercialized conception—wondered where the bottom is in these murky waters of assisted reproduction. Tagg Romney posted this on his facebook page […]

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Consumerist Reproduction

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC A Canadian pundit named Kelly McParland has a good critique of how IVF has devolved procreation into consumerist reproduction. He writes in reaction to an American IVF clinic advertising sex selection, meaning that all embryos of the “wrong sex” become medical waste based on eugenic […]

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Tiny, Happy People

By C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., CBC Board Member Just when you think you have heard it all, someone pushes the envelope. According to three ethicists writing in the journal Ethics, Policy and the Environment, because geoengineering might be too risky a way to combat global climate change, we should alter the human species instead. Here […]

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China Breaks Promise to Halt Unethical Biotech

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The other day, I opposed Texas’ plan to allow doctors to charge for conducting human experiments with unapproved and still uncertain adult stem cell therapies. No matter how well “regulated” I don’t see how it would be that much different from what is happening in […]

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Biological Colonialism: Dutch Controversy Over Anything Goes IVF

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC IVF was promised as a generally minor matter that would be available for married couples, otherwise unable, to have biological children. Of course, that relatively conservative agenda held for about two seconds. It is now a huge industry, with unmarried people using it to get […]

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Feminists Warn Against Exploiting Women for Eggs in Biotech

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Pro choice and pro life women have come together in coalition to protect women from being exploited for their eggs by Big Biotech. Reason? Women would take all the risks and the companies could make all the money but for the small payments to women […]

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Break the Spiral of Silence

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Chuck Colson today weighs in on Jennifer’s recent experience of being verbally mauled by a fertility specialist at a Canadian fertility conference. Sadly, Lahl’s experience is much more common than you would expect . . . The directness of this attack and its unvarnished prejudice is intended to […]

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Outsourcing Pregnancy: Just Another Job?

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President As millions around the world celebrated the birth of Jesus, Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, issued a press release announcing the birth of their baby boy, born on Christmas Day. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, a healthy baby, was born through modern, assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Using an anonymous […]

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Mediated to Death?

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Thomas de Zengotita’s Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It is an exploration of the way in which media, broadly construed (“arts and artifacts that represent, that communicate”), impact the way in which we perceive both the world and ourselves. The […]

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2009…A Not So Dark Year in Bioethics After All

Our CBC Special Consultant, Wesley J. Smith does our annual predictions piece to give us a heads-up on what he anticipates will be the big bioethic news and concerns each year. Part of the deal I have with Wesley, is for him to critique his predictions each year, to see how well he called it. […]

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