human exceptionalism

Human Exceptionalism Shown by Babies

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I haven’t read Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes, but a comment in Forbes about its content caught my interest. Apparently, human babies quickly develop an interest, not only in surrounding objects, but also in what others think about them. From, “Neanderthal Man and the Science of Human Uniqueness,” by John Farrell: One study, for example, reveals […]

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NYT “Chimp Attack” on Human Exceptionalism

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The New York Times is on an anti-human exceptionalism crusade. Other than columnist Ross Douthat, when was the last time the “paper of record” allowed arguments to be made in favor of the unique dignity of human life in its pages? I can’t recall a single time in recent years. But take actions to subvert […]

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Moving Organ Donors Instead of Organs

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I think this is a very good idea. Rather than procure organs in disparate hospitals, in the Midwest, they are now moving donors to a centralized location. From the AP story: For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment […]

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What “Human Exceptionalism” Means

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Kathryn Jean Lopez interviewed me about my new ebook, The War on Humans. Those interested can read it for themselves. But I want to quote one small section because I am so often asked about what I mean by the term human exceptionalism. From “Losing Human Dignity:” LOPEZ: How do you define “human exceptionalism”? SMITH: […]

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The Causes of NHS Death Squad Medicine

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The NHS is melting down. As I have written about before, the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) — intended to prevent patients from dying in agony — became instead a door to imposed back door euthanasia. So much easier to put patients into a coma and dehydrate them than provide individualized care. NHS hospitals have so […]

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A Rat Is a Pig, Etc. Paperback Out

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The paperback version of A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy, my critique of the animal rights movement, has just been published. From my Preface to the Paperback Edition: I had two primary purposes in writing A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy, a project that took […]

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Peter Singer’s Views Deserve Scorn, Not Awards

It is a disturbing sign of the times that Princeton’s notorious bioethicist Peter Singer has been awarded Australia’s highest civic award “for eminent service to philosophy and bioethics as a leader of public debate and communicator of ideas in the areas of global poverty, animal welfare and the human condition.” This is a disgrace. Would […]

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Human Exceptionalism and Equality Must Be Defended On All Fronts

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Here is my contribution to the Human Exceptionalism Symposium at the Human Life Review. First, I get into why the issue is so fundamental. From, “The Struggle For Human Equality: It Must Be Defended on All Fronts:” Human exceptionalism, as I wrote in the original […]

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Hippocrates Was a Human Exceptionalist

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Jennifer Lahl, head of the Center for Bioethics and Culture (for which I consult), weighed in on human exceptionalism at the Human Life Review symposium, which debates whether religion is necessary to the defense of HE. No, she says. From, “Thank God Hippocrates Was a […]

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Human Exceptionalism Symposium at Human Life Review

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC An article I wrote about the danger of an “undignified bioethics” for Human Life Review has led to a symposium on how best to advocate for human exceptionalism. I am most pleased. It is interesting: As I strive to raise the visibility of this ultimate […]

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Ivory Tower Types Can Spew Most Evil

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC There is a tendency in media and among the public to blame racism and other assorted bigotries on ignorance, stupidity, or “superstition” (religion). And sometimes that is true. But just as often, evil comes from the top, down — from those who are the smartest, […]

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Dutch Cannibal Television

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Decadence strikes a beat, into your heart it will seep — to paraphrase a rock classic. But now, that term has reached a new low in the Netherlands as two men “promoted organ donation” (???) by appearing on a television program purporting to eat tiny […]

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Belief in Human Exceptionalism Only Real Protection of Human Subjects in Research

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC It is well known that Nazi “doctors” engaged in horrendous medical experiments with concentration camp inmates. They thought it was fine and right to do so because they believed they were working on so-called untermenchen, that is, humans of lesser value. There is no such […]

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Artificial Intelligent Computers Would be Tools, Not Moral Beings

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Reading the Week in Review section of the NYT today, I came upon an interesting column about a new computer — dubbed Watson — that its developers hope will rise to the level of AI, defined in the side bar copied above. Watson will soon […]

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Euthanasia Mass Grave Grim Reminder That Human Exceptionalism Necessary For “Never Again”

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The opening movement of the Holocaust targeted infants with disabilities first, and then adults in the notorious T-4 program. Between 1939-1945, German doctors and other health care professionals willingly killed hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities — not because they were ordered to by […]

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Rejection of Human Exceptionalism Threatens to Revive Roman Bioethics

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC By rejecting human exceptionalism, modern bioethics threatens to destroy human equality and expose the defenseless to killing and exploitation. Take infanticide, which Peter Singer–among others–asserts should be permitted if the baby does not meet the utilitarian interests of the family. And indeed, in the Netherlands […]

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Scientism Isn’t Science

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC There has been an attempt ongoing for some time to harness the respectability of science and conflate it with an increasingly popular philosophy known as scientism. But scientism and science are different things. The latter is a powerful method of obtaining and applying material facts […]

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What It Means to be Human: Knocking Us Off the Pedestal

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I am in LA, near my old stomping grounds in the San Fernando Valley, where I just gave grand rounds at a Veteran’s medical facility to physicians, residents, and other medical staffers. We had a very good discussion about maintaining human intrinsic dignity as the […]

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