Genetics and Eugenics

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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A Review of Splice

By Matthew Eppinette, CBC New Media Manager Splice is a science fiction / horror film about genetic experimentation gone wrong. Clive and Elsa (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) are scientists working to combine strands of DNA from multiple animals to create a new organism that will generate proteins aimed at curing animal diseases. Achieving success […]

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Embryonic Bioethics’

In response to ‘Bioethics’: The Case of the Fetus by Peter Singer (August 5, 1976) To the Editors: (found in The New York Review of Books, Volume 23, Number 18) Peter Singer was among the first to draw public attention to the fact that philosophers have turned away from simply sharpening their pencils in language-analysis. […]

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Your are Worthy but…,

How Much is an Embryo Worth? Imagine one day your spouse tells you, I could see you three different ways. First, you are someone I see as equal to me. Second, I could view you as a clump of cells. Or third, you are someone who is worthy of my respect but not in the […]

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Plants Are People Too?

We live in an age in which humanism is mutating into anti-humanism. Step by step and inch by inch, the broader culture’s belief in the unique moral worth and importance of human life is being undermined by advocates for various social causes and ideologies leading to a radical anthropomorphism that views elements of the natural […]

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The Human Future

Movies like Bicentennial Man, AI, Simone and most recently, I Robot have gripped the public’s imagination. But just how much of what is depicted in these films is Hollywood sensationalism? Will robots soon live amongst us, doing our household chores and being welcomed members of our families? Are humachines, the blending of humans and machines, […]

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An Ethically Unsound “Therapy”

(from nationalreview.com) Doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital admitted that they surgically removed a six-year-old girl’s healthy uterus, breast buds, and appendix, and then subjected her to two years of high-dose estrogen injections to keep her from reaching adult stature. And they did so at her parents’ request. Sounds like a clear case of child abuse, […]

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The Triumph of Peter Singer Values

The time has come to admit it: Peter Singer Values are triumphing. Singer is the Princeton bioethicist who first broke into the public’s consciousness more than thirty years ago with Animal Liberation, a book in which he claimed that granting human beings special privileges based on being human is “speciesist”-discrimination against animals. Instead of society […]

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Waging War on the Weak

Four months ago, a little girl in Samoa was born with serious disabilities. Doctors did not believe the baby could survive, so they urged the parents not to feed their daughter. But the parents loved their daughter and snuck food to Miracle. Beyond all medical expectations, Miracle survived. Ponder, if you will, what I just […]

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The Weak Among Us

Richard Weikart has provided bioethicists with an excellent resource in From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). He summarizes the writings of many prominent German scientists, philosophers, and popularizers who wrote during the period between Darwin and Hitler. His book demonstrates a thorough understanding of the […]

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Interview with Christine Rosen

1. Why did you write Preaching Eugenics? Was there a big overarching questions you were attempting to answer? I wrote Preaching Eugenics because I thought it was important to describe this unknown part of our eugenic past. I took it up not in the spirit of an expose (indeed, I wasn’t even sure what I’d […]

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Are you In or Are you Out?

As a 21st century society, we are being forced to grapple with the ethical questions surrounding some of the leading scientific discoveries in human history, particularly in the area of genetic research. The current wave in favor of human embryonic stem cell research, and the technological advances responsible for its progress, has forced us as […]

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Raw Materials

When, if ever before now, has humanity technologically progressed with such leaps and bounds, yet with less attention to the driving forces and philosophical assumptions that pave the road we follow? In the face of cavalier “progress,” our culture has exhibited technological tunnel-vision-it’s all too easy to stand in awe, uncritical and approving, of the […]

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Gattaca: Read the review. Discuss. Donate!

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The story of Gattaca is set in “the not-too-distant future”, a chilling expression which infers that its author and director is certain that not only people are evolving towards the society described in his visionary film, but also that it is happening very fast. In this future, most children are genetically manipulated while still embryos. […]

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Who Has the Words of Eternal Life?

Danielle Egan over at the New Scientist writes about Transvision 2007 in her piece this week, ” Death Special: The plan for eternal life“. Many of the transhumanist ‘regulars’ showed up for Transvision 2007, the ninth annual meeting of the World Transhumanist Association (WTA) which took place in Chicago this past summer. Ray Kurzweil, Nick […]

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Book Review: Citizen Cyborg, by James Hughes

James Hughes, Ph.D, teaches Health Policy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and serves as Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association. (This review is from betterhumans.com, 1/12/05) James Hughes may be a bioethicist and a professor of health policy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, but his real calling is as an evangelist for […]

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On Common Ground. An interview with M.L. Tina Stevens and Diane Beeson

Jennifer Lahl: People often wonder how it is that pro-choice and pro-life feminists have come together in this great human cloning debate. That conservatives on the right and progressives on the left have found common ground and been able to work together seems miraculous! How and why do you think this has happened? Stevens: The […]

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Book – From Darwin to Hitler

From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. Weikart’s book elucidates the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality. Weikart demonstrates that many leading Darwinian biologists and social thinkers in Germany believed that Darwinism overturned traditional Judeo-Christian and Enlightenment ethics, especially the view that human life is sacred. Many of these […]

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