By Pamela R. Winnick
We live in frightening occasions. Very frightening occasions. yet we have not gotten right here by chance. it has been a technique of committed motion at the a part of pushed participants and teams. They used to name themselves eugenicists. yet then Hitler utilized their rules in Germany they usually needed to locate one other label. this day, a lot of them are "social biologists" or "population keep watch over advocates" (Seriously... The magazine of Social Biology was once referred to as the magazine of the yankee Eugenics Society). no matter what they name themselves, those self-appointed elite have used technological know-how as a sledgehammer, chipping away on the ethical foundations of our tradition.
Driving them is that this: the production of an ideal society. by way of ideal, they suggest a society with no poverty, illness or warfare. Sounds very good does not it? For the "science crusaders," the imaginative and prescient is so appealing few (or many) lives may be sacrificed achieve it.
If you really need to grasp extra approximately this strategy, you need to learn Pamela Winnick's ebook. In it, she information how an alarming variety of scientists are actively pursuing this new global, one who would possibly not comprise you or me (The in simple terms ethical pace bumps for such scientists are the moralists they runs over on their option to utopia). i do know. i do know. It sounds severe. It feels like a reactionary, fear-mongering evangelical has painted his wooden signal and taken out his bullhorn. So, i'm going to allow you to be the pass judgement on. contemplate:
* Nobel Prize-winning physicist William Shockley overtly recommended selective sterilization for the bad and
* Biology professor Garrett Hardin took this message to the biology textbooks writing: "People of low I.Q. are reproducing at a speedier price than people with a excessive I.Q." and that "[s]ooner or later ... human inhabitants will achieve a limit.... ultimately, no longer all of the kids that people are keen to procreate can live on. both there has to be a comparatively painless removing ahead of beginning or a extra painful and wasteful removal of people after birth."
* after which there is H. Bently Glass, former elected president of the yank organization for the development of technology: "It can now not be affirmed that the proper of the guy and lady to breed as they see healthy is inviolate... [N]o mom and dad will ... have a correct to burden society with a malformed or mentally incompetent child."
For a style in their acidic vanity, reflect on Dr. Christiaan Barnard's phrases ahead of Congress as he strongly
resisted public oversight of scientific study:
"Let us take care to not shackle the investigator with pointless strictures, with a view to dry up untapped assets of creativity.... when you are taking into consideration theologians, attorneys, philosophers and others to provide a few direction.... i will not see how they can help."
And you cannot even start to think the examine they've been doing. yet to profit extra approximately this flow and its implications, you want to learn A Jealous God. it's a well-researched expos
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By the time Abelard was writing theDialqgus and preparing the Theolqgia, "Scholarium," he had to defend his rational discussion of belief against those who were throwing the same argument against himself. 38 The Christian in the Dialogus is fully in accord with the complaints of 36 The Medieval Balance tile philosopher about those who refuse to reason about their beliefs. Abelard is arguing for the cause of rational discussion. He uses the philosopher to put the argument he had raised in the prologue to the Sic et Non to criticize blind reliance on the judgments of others as authoritative, but in stronger terms: "In every philosophical disputation authority is thought to hold last place or no place at all to such an extent that it is shameful for those who trust in their own powers and scorn the refuge of another's wealth, to adduce arguments based on judgment of a matter [extrinsic judgment], namely on authority" (1413-17; Payer, 83).
The second debate concludes with a lengthy dissertation by the Christian on the nature of the supreme good, but leaves space for further discussion: Unless I am mistaken, I have said enough for the present to have shown these things, namely how the name of "good" is to be understood when it is taken simply Mews / Peter Abelard and the Enigma of Dialogue 27 for a good thing, or when it is applied to the occurrences of things, or to what are expressed by propositions. If there is anything left which you think should be questioned further because it related to inquiry into the supreme good, you are permitted to introduce it or hurry on to what remains.
22 Although not developed with the same sophistication as in the Cur Deus homo, the underlying argument of this Disputatio is the same: given the sinfulness of man, unable to restore himself by his own efforts, the only person who could redeem mankind was someone who was sinless, in other words a man who was also God. The Christian tries to follow the instruction of the Gentile not to argue from the authority of the scriptures, but he finds it difficult to avoid falling into the occasional scriptural phrase.
A Jealous God: Science's Crusade Against Religion by Pamela R. Winnick