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Eugenics

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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...

Deadline Looms For Victims Of Forced Sterilization Program

AP | JEROME BAILEY Jr. | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program are facing a Monday deadline to file a claim to receive payment from t...

Man's 'No-Brainer' Plea Deal Includes Vasectomy Requirement

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to reduce his prison term by up to fi...

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.

Rand Paul's Gattaca Adventure

Steven Conn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If Senator Paul were one of my students I could help him sort out the history that he got so wrong in his plagiarized speech, history which has been overshadowed by the plagiarism itself.

If This Is What 2016 Is Going to Look Like, the GOP Is in Big Trouble

Jason Sattler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

If Cuccinelli were leading in polls -- even his own poll -- appealing to the far right with abstruse arguments that have almost no appeal to swing voters probably wouldn't be a very good idea with only eight days until the election.

Jason Linkins

What Are Losing Candidates Doing With Their Last Few Days Of Campaigning In 2013?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

There aren't a whole lot of high-profile electoral races happening in the next few days, and the highest profile among them -- the New Jersey and Virg...

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

Author Belle Boggs Exposes the Horrors of State-Run Eugenics Program in New Kindle Single

Howard Polskin | Posted 11.16.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

North Carolina-based writer Belle Boggs became interested in the tale and wrote the 46-page Kindle Single For the Public Good: Forced Sterilization and the Fight for Compensation, an outstanding work of long-form investigative journalism published a few weeks ago.

North Carolina: Sterilized by the State

Sonia Grant | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Sonia Grant

"I went to the doctor who did that to me and I asked him, 'Why?' Why had he done that to me? He didn't have to say nothing -- and he didn't. If he was...

Bedroom Eugenics: Breeding Humans for Kindness

Baba Brinkman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Science
Baba Brinkman

Like the Golden Rule, "Don't Sleep With Mean People" is easier to embrace in principle than in practice, but also like the Golden Rule it can make a difference even if you fall short of perfection.

This Passes for a Harvard Dissertation?

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 07.10.2013 | Latino Voices
J. Mijin Cha

For an institution like Harvard to say that there is merit to an idea that has already been discredited, like the idea that IQ is based on race ethnic origin, doesn't advance academic work. It legitimizes racism and discriminatory practices.

Tenth Anniversary of the Mapping of the Human Genome: What It Means for Us All

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

These miraculous discoveries present us with countless dilemmas and are far outpacing our abilities to grasp and address their ethical, legal and social implications. We need more public and professional education and attention to how it is affecting our lives and how it should affect our lives.

Should 'Designer Babies' Be Banned?

Posted 02.19.2013 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/18/2013 11:55 AM EST on LiveScience NEW YORK — The increasing power and accessibility of ...

Cara Santa Maria

Scientist's Far-Out Plan To Save Planet

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science

What will we do if in the future, global climate change makes the world increasingly difficult to inhabit? Unwilling to give up hope, some scientists ...

Overlapping Stereotypes Of LGBT People And Jews As Developmentally Immature

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout history, dominant groups have depicted or represented minority groups in a variety of negative ways in order to maintain control or mastery. I have found many clear and stunning connections between historical representations of LGBT people and Jewish people.

No Money For Forced Sterilization Victims In North Carolina

AP | MARTHA WAGGONER | Posted 08.27.2012 | Black Voices

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The first serious proposal to compensate victims of forced sterilization failed Wednesday when North Carolina legislators said they w...

Science Fiction Or Science Fact? What Happened To The Gay Gene?

Marten Weber | Posted 08.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

Ever since The Science of Desire by Dean Hamer (1993), the scientific world and gays and lesbians around the world have been plagued by the idea of a single gene controlling human sexual orientation. The specter of de-gaying by gene therapy has haunted us ever since.

A History of Weaponized Language

Justin Strawhand | Posted 05.26.2012 | Home
Justin Strawhand

What of legacy? Did the violent effects of eugenically-charged language die with the discrediting of the eugenics movement, or do they continue, protected by the shroud of historical forgetfulness? There are hints.

"Three Generations of Imbeciles Are Enough"

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Is there any connection between the eugenics movement and the anti-choice movement? Forcing a woman to give birth -- which the anti-choice movement effectively requires -- really is not that different conceptually from preventing her from giving birth.

Making Things Right, Many Years Later

Michael Waterstone | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Michael Waterstone

Today, the idea of the state medically taking away someone's right to procreate against their will seems impossible. But from the 1930s to the late 1970s, North Carolina used eugenics to justify mandatory sterilization of people with mental disabilities, criminals and other undesirables.

Propofol, Tina Fey and What Happens When You Can't Tell a Superstar "No"

Shelley Ross | Posted 01.09.2012 | Media
Shelley Ross

How can NBC let its premiere news anchor, who's known for his quick wit and dry humor, be exposed as an embarrassing uncle at the grown-ups table.