1. The term "eugenics" means what? OR, who coined it in 1883?
2. Who was the pioneering feminist who advocated "more children from the fit..."?
3. What "aspect of the new Germany" did the LA Times endorse in 1935?
4. What was Singapore's "free market twist" on eugenics in the '80s?
5. What famous biologist favors eugenics and calls stupid a disease?
6. What are the Repository for Germinal Choice and California Cryobank?
BONUS: Name a political or legal theorist who defended a liberal version of eugenics? Which libertarian proposed a "genetic supermarket"?
BONUS 2: What German philosopher asserted a connection between life's contingent beginning and personal freedom?
"3-Parent Babies"-The British Parliament can be an archaic, backward-looking institution, wedded to tradition, and not known for taking a revolutionary stance. Yet its members have just made a groundbreaking decision, one that no other legislature has so far been willing to contemplate.
They approved legislation that makes Britain the first country to allow the creation of what many call “three-parent babies.” Supporters say the procedure will enable women to avoid passing on certain severe and even deadly genetically inherited diseases. But many regard the new law as an unwise, even immoral, move — the first step toward the creation of “designer babies.” Some even see it as a new experiment in eugenics.
“Three-parent babies” is a sensationalized term to describe a special form of in vitro fertilization, or I.V.F., that is better labeled “mitochondrial transfer.” (nyt, continues)
1. What is the correct basis of a fortuitous birth, if not simply a superior genomic profile and "an improved stock'? Is it a reasonable aim, to pre-select for personal health but not for social dominance?
2. "We have no business to permit perpetuation of citizens of the wrong type," said TR. Is it possible to enact this intention in public policy without violating human rights?
3. Why were Americans so naive about Hitler in in the 1930s? Are we wiser today?
4. Is it "coercive" to pay people not to breed?
5. Is education an adequate cure for genetically-rooted stupidity?
6. Do you agree with Sandel that there's no moral difference between eugenics or market-driven design? 75
A semi-serious followup to our interesting discussion last time of drugs, mountains, peak experiences etc. - Auden's drugs... James on the subjective effects of nitrous oxide... The Nitrous Oxide Philosopher... The Literature of Laughing Gas
And a public service announcement from the School of Life-
"...we don't have a correct sense of what a drug is and what the drugs might be that we in particular truly need. Essentially a drug is a thing, anything that alters your mood acting via either the body or the senses to make an impact upon the mind..." So that includes pomegranate juice, emmentaler cheese, the music of Mozart...
Drug Test Hofmann, right, cultivates mushrooms.
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