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Eugenics

Plato On The 'Dead White Man' Chopping Block

Christopher Witte | Posted 06.24.2016 | Books
Christopher Witte

Unlike most individuals, I picked up Plato's famous work The Republic willingly. With a two-and-a-half millennia pedigree and a reputation as the "cornerstone of western philosophy", I felt it was high time to broaden my mind and get a glimpse into the origins of European thought.

'A Not So Distant Mirror' Eugenics: 'Stemming The Torrent Of Defective And Degenerate Protoplasm'

Wendy Fitting | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Wendy Fitting

Jean Paul Sartre and Dorothy Parker walk into a bar. Dorothy asks, "What fresh hell is this?" And Jean Paul answers, "Hell is...other people!" To be f...

What It Means To Be Human Is Changing Thanks To Gene Editing

Zocalo Public Square | Kathleen Miles | Posted 05.27.2016 | World

Near the end of a wide-ranging conversation about the complexity of the human genome and the history and future of genetics, Arizona State University ...

Lesbian Designer Babies

Caitlin McCarey | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Caitlin McCarey

No one has ever thought to control or limit the heterosexual production of babies, but suddenly when LGBT couples attempt to build families using medical methods, their access to these procedures is strictly regulated due to "ethical concerns."

What the Supreme Court's Infamous 1927 Eugenics Decision Tells Us About Filling Justice Scalia's Seat

The National Book Review | Posted 03.01.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The Supreme Court has had a clear pattern in its worst decisions: it has wrongly sided with the powerful interests in society over the powerless.

'No Más Bebés' and the Continued Pursuit to Control the Bodies of Poor Women of Color in the US

Elena Gutierrez | Posted 02.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Elena Gutierrez

Population control laws like CalWorks adopt an underlying premise that poor women and women of color cannot be trusted to fully control their own reproductive health choices, and that government-sanctioned coercion is an acceptable policy framework.

That Time The United States Sterilized 60,000 Of Its Citizens

Zócalo Public Square | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

Not too long ago, more than 60,000 people were sterilized in the United States based on eugenic laws. Most of these operations were performed before t...

Donald Trump's Call To Ban Muslims Reflects America's Worrisome Past

Michele Goodwin | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Donald Trump's political rhetoric has historical resonance--it exposes how our worst fears and anxieties can lead to shameful conduct that not only imposes real costs on "outsiders," but also the American public.

Why the New Gene Editing Technology Matters

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 12.02.2015 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

The biologists have done it again. Not so long ago it was cloning and embryonic stem cells that challenged moral imagination. These days all eyes are ...

Ethics of Genetic Screening in 'Tomcat': What Trade Offs Are We Ready to Make to Live in a World Free From Illness?

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Silvia Camporesi

A girl of 12, Jessie (Jessica), carrying the genetics marker of psychopathy, is the protagonist of the play "Tomcat", written by James Rushbrooke and showing at Southwark Playhouse in London.

On Killer Apes, Naked Apes, and Just Plain Nasty People: The Misuse and Abuse of Science in Political Discourse

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.02.2015 | Science
Hippo Reads

Is biology destiny? Do our genes determine who we are and what we're capable of? What does the mere idea that they might mean for politics and policy? A lot, it turns out.

Observations From Below: A Story Worth Retelling

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

It terrifies me. It saddens me. It angers me. Me, as a person. Me, as an advocate. I am not and never will be an "it."

Genome Editing: Time to Ask the Tough Questions

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Silvia Camporesi

"What are the moral implications of genome editing?" is the question that has been posed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the new CRISPR-Cas9 mediated germ-line genome editing technique, which allows targeted modification of DNA sequences at the level of the germ-line, i.e. gametes (eggs and sperm).

The American People: Larry Kramer's Blistering Magnum Opus

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

The American People is predictably commanding and passionate, its insights are stunning and endless, its narrative consistently compelling. But how much of the history it recreates is true?

Review: Rage to Redemption in the Sterilization Age

Byron Williams | Posted 05.23.2015 | Books
Byron Williams

The macabre practice of eugenics is most commonly associated with Nazi Germany. But as John Railey, the editorial page editor of the Winston-Salem Journal, dispassionately demonstrates in his new book, Rage to Redemption in the Sterilization Age, it is a profoundly American enterprise. Make no mistake: This is a difficult read, and it should be.

Bad-Boy Scientism

Pete Shanks | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology
Pete Shanks

Austen Heinz of Cambrian Genomics has been trolling hard lately. That is, he's been spouting provocative opinions to get attention. And it seems to be working, from his point of view.

Why Do Some People Dismiss the Importance of Genealogy? One Word: Eugenics

Christine Kenneally | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Christine Kenneally

While it is true that dark currents once flowed through our questions about who we come from, darkness is not integral to the activity.

Hanukah Swastika Gift Wrap Dilemma: What it Teaches About Race

Khanh Ho | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Khanh Ho

So as I see it, if you are trying to get rid of this symbol, you need to recognize that it is not something from the outside that must be extinguished and pushed away. Rather, it is at the heart of our own culture.

Let's (Cautiously) Celebrate the "New Eugenics"

Jon Entine | Posted 12.30.2014 | Science
Jon Entine

Modern eugenic aspirations are not about the draconian top-down measures promoted by the Nazis and their ilk. Instead of being driven by a desire to "improve" the species, new eugenics is driven by our personal desire to be as healthy, intelligent and fit as possible.

Katy Hall

Why Medical Conspiracy Theories Are Here To Stay

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living

Nearly half of Americans embrace some type of medical conspiracy theory, according to a study published this year by the University of Chicago. So it'...

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

Fertility Clinic Tells Woman She Can't Use Sperm Donor From Another Race

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

UPDATE: July 29 -- On Monday, the fertility clinic released a statement to The Calgary Herald, saying that patients have had the option to choose a s...

Information Overload

William E. White | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
William E. White

We can educate our children by rote, but we will surely lose the future unless we embrace our enlightenment heritage of reason, logic, and innovation.

Jews as Racialized Other as Reflected in the Kansas Murders

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why did a self-described white supremacist target apparent white people at Jewish community centers? The answer is quite simple: Though Jewish people are members of every so-called "race," even Jews of European heritage have been and still continue to be "racially" othered by dominant, Christian-European-heritage communities.

Can One Cordon Off Evil Ideas From Art and Science?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

It is difficult, to be sure, how to gauge the utility of beautiful things that are brought into the world from repugnant minds.