Faking Life

Nobel Prize Scientist Supports Human Cloning

James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix demonstrated that just because one is a brilliant scientist, that doesn’t mean he or she is also a good ethicist. And now, we have another example: Sir John Gurdon, who won the Nobel Prize for early work on cloning frogs, has come out in favor of […]

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Peter Singer Falls for Immortality Quest

Oh good grief. Peter Singer has embraced Aubrey de Gray’s quest to defeat human aging. For those who don’t know, de Gray — who looks like a long-lost member of ZZ Top — believes that his research is so important that it should be funded ahead of providing healthcare for destitute Africans. Indeed, I saw […]

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AI Might Emulate the Brain But Never the Mind

I don’t understand the appeal of artificial intelligence, whereby somehow we would construct and program a computer to become an independent “thinker” by becoming self-programming. One doesn’t have to worry about an apocalypse out of The Terminator movies to recognize the peril. But my real concern with the AI agenda involves the anti humanism that […]

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Assembly Line IVF

You knew it would come to this. To reduce costs, an IVF doctor is making mass quantities of embryos and selling them on the cheap. From the LA Times story: Dr. Ernest Zeringue was looking for a niche in the cutthroat industry of fertility treatments. He seized on price, a huge obstacle for many patients, […]

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Intelligentsia Still Hearts “Eugenic Impulse”

The worst policies and values in society often come from those who think they are the smartest among us, e.g., the professorate and those in the intelligentsia. Even when they don’t originate very bad new ideas, all too often, they become deeply enamored of them. Take fascism and communism. The former was widely embraced by […]

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Pushing Human Enhancement in a Starving World

I am out of patience with the Utopian transhumanist would-be human enhancers. They preach a future of astonishing health and longevity — that we can gain the vision of a hawk and the memory of a computer — and want us to pour research dollars into the futile immorality project. Latest example: “How Science Can […]

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The Prospect of Immortality

As you may know, some transhumanists (and others) are interested in cryopreservation as part of their goal of achieving immortality, and if not immortality then greatly extended life span. The hope is that at some point in the future, when medical science has greatly improved, their bodies might be able to be resuscitated and/or their […]

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Root of Self Awareness Eludes Researchers

Consciousness. True self-aware consciousness: It is one of the exceptional attributes of human nature, present in all of us barring immaturity or injury. And scientists still can’t figure out what it is all about. An interesting study has recently found that even the areas of the brain in which we experience (or express) consciousness, do […]

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Let Science End “Tyranny of the Womb!”

Science gained tremendous regard in the last few hundred years because the knowledge thereby gained allowed us to improve the lot of the human race in ways few would have ever conceived in all of previous human history. But a hubris has crept in — the mad scientist syndrome, if you will — that sees […]

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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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Bored Immortals Can Commit Suicide

Every once in a while I like to check in on the machinations of the transhumanists and their immorality materialist eschatology. I oppose transhumanist theory because of its inherently eugenic premises and proposals, it’s anti human exceptionalism, and most especially, its presumption of the right to genetically engineer progeny to fulfill their own purposes — […]

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