By Pamela R. Winnick
We live in frightening instances. Very frightening occasions. yet we've not gotten the following unintentionally. it has been a means of devoted motion at the a part of pushed contributors and teams. They used to name themselves eugenicists. yet then Hitler utilized their principles in Germany they usually needed to locate one other label. at the present time, a lot of them are "social biologists" or "population keep watch over advocates" (Seriously... The magazine of Social Biology was referred to as the magazine of the yank Eugenics Society). no matter what they name themselves, those self-appointed elite have used technology as a sledgehammer, chipping away on the ethical foundations of our tradition.
Driving them is that this: the construction of an ideal society. via ideal, they suggest a society with out poverty, disorder or warfare. Sounds awesome does not it? For the "science crusaders," the imaginative and prescient is so appealing few (or many) lives should be sacrificed in attaining it.
If you actually need to understand extra approximately this strategy, you want to learn Pamela Winnick's publication. In it, she information how an alarming variety of scientists are actively pursuing this new international, person who will possibly not contain you or me (The simply ethical pace bumps for such scientists are the moralists they runs over on their method to utopia). i do know. i do know. It sounds severe. It seems 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. think of:
* Nobel Prize-winning physicist William Shockley overtly encouraged 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 quicker fee than people with a excessive I.Q." and that "[s]ooner or later ... human inhabitants will succeed in a limit.... in the end, now not the entire little ones that people are keen to procreate can live on. both there has to be a comparatively painless hunting down sooner than delivery 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 not be affirmed that the appropriate of the fellow 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, examine Dr. Christiaan Barnard's phrases prior to Congress as he strongly
resisted public oversight of clinical examine:
"Let us take care to not shackle the investigator with pointless strictures, so one can dry up untapped assets of creativity.... while you're taking into account theologians, legal professionals, philosophers and others to provide a few direction.... i will not see how they can help."
And you cannot even start to think the learn they've been doing. yet to benefit extra approximately this flow and its implications, you want to learn A Jealous God. it's a well-researched expos
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Extra resources for A Jealous God: Science's Crusade Against Religion
Under normal circumstances, people do not switch religions or denominations. Those who switch tend to switch to religions similar to their current religion and this switching often occurs in the context of mixed marriages. Thus, shifts in the religious economy often occur over generational time scales and this can cause a time-lag in the influence of shifts in government regulation of religion. Third, this theory applies mostly to membership in religious organizations and attendance at religious services, ceremonies, and events but general belief in religious concepts, such as God, are less affected.
An even more serious problem with this type of variable is that it might be a specific religious factor rather than religious identity that is the real reason for the correlation. Measuring religious identity but not the more specific religious factors with which it is at least partially covariant is similar to judging one car as superior to another based solely on which one won a race. Certainly, we would expect the car that wins to be the better car, at least as far as speed is concerned, but this does not tell us what aspect of the engineering made it better.
Mass education and communications technology, including most recently the Internet, has further increased this empowerment and the free flow of ideas. Science undermines religion’s role in explaining the world. For example in the Judeo-Christian world the concept of the seven days of creation was once unopposed but now this idea competes with the big bang and evolution. Science has also replaced religion as a source of solutions to problems. In the past social, physical, and spiritual problems as well as definitions of proper social order were the purview of the clergy.