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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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Euthanasia Expansion If you need any evidence that the arguments in support of euthanasia or assisted-suicide are specious, read this story. A young woman in the Netherlands chose euthanasia by lethal injection. What was her terminal illness? She didn’t have one. Did she have less than six months to live? There is no evidence […]

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Yearning for the Tyranny of Moral Enhancement

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The Gray Matter Brigade is at it again — pushing artificial means of “moral enhancement” to improve the behavior of the human race. Part of the meme is to become extraordinary without having to earn it through discipline and hard work. With regard to moral enhancement, the hope is to use artificial means to make […]

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Reader’s Digest Pushes Eugenics

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It has been coming for some time, but the top voices in bioethics — by which I mean those who inhabit the top floors of the ivory tower — are almost all blatant eugenicists. That sure is from whence the first eugenics came from — and the pattern is repeating itself. First, anti human exceptionalism […]

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Should We Treat Cosmetic Surgery Like Cigarette Smoking?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The current Bioedge links to a story that I find intriguing. A society of cosmetic surgeons in the UK would like to see advertising for procedures such as breast implants banned. From the Guardian story: All adverts for cosmetic surgery such as breast enlargement and […]

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“Moral Enhancement” to Feminize Hitler

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This is funny, given our recent conversation about bioethicist Julian Savulescu’s support for “morally enhancing” people through drugs or implants. Apparently the UK Government plotted to do the same thing to Hitler by feminizing him with estrogen. From the Telegraph story: Now it has come […]

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New Book on Unwise and Futile Human Immortality Quest

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When I heard immortality researcher Aubrey de Gray make the hubristic claim that funding his work to end human death was more important than funding health care for destitute Africa, and indeed, that failing to do so was equivalent to terrorism (about which I wrote […]

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