A Jealous God: Science's Crusade Against Religion by Pamela R. Winnick PDF

By Pamela R. Winnick

ISBN-10: 1595550194

ISBN-13: 9781595550194

We live in frightening occasions. Very frightening occasions. yet we've not gotten right here unintentionally. it has been a technique 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 and so they needed to locate one other label. this present 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 technology as a sledgehammer, chipping away on the ethical foundations of our tradition.

Driving them is that this: the construction of an ideal society. by means of excellent, they suggest a society with no poverty, illness or struggle. Sounds magnificent does not it? For the "science crusaders," the imaginative and prescient is so attractive few (or many) lives should be sacrificed achieve it.

If you actually need to grasp extra approximately this method, you want to learn Pamela Winnick's publication. In it, she information how an alarming variety of scientists are actively pursuing this new international, one who will possibly not contain you or me (The in simple terms ethical velocity 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 will allow you to be the pass judgement on. contemplate:
* Nobel Prize-winning physicist William Shockley brazenly recommended selective sterilization for the negative and
unintelligent.
* 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.... eventually, no longer all of the youngsters that people are keen to procreate can live to tell the tale. both there has to be a comparatively painless hunting down earlier than start or a extra painful and wasteful removing 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 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 flavor in their acidic vanity, examine Dr. Christiaan Barnard's phrases earlier than Congress as he strongly
resisted public oversight of scientific study:
"Let us take care to not shackle the investigator with pointless strictures, with the intention to dry up untapped assets of creativity.... while you are deliberating theologians, attorneys, philosophers and others to offer a few direction.... i will not see how they can help."
And you cannot even start to think the study they've been doing. yet to profit extra approximately this stream and its implications, you want to learn A Jealous God. it's a well-researched expos

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23 heterogeneity of the EU member states that comes with enlargement lead to a further, substantial erosion of the legal and policy coherence of the EU? The discrepancy between political reality and legal fiction is based on a system of institutional indulgence that acknowledges an unavoidable gap between law and compliance. In the process of European enlargement, a less philosophical and more political point deserves our attention. The decoupling of legal norms from political practice is central to Stephen Krasner’s (1999) analysis of international legal sovereignty as a system of organized hypocrisy.

At the same time, Islamists traditionally opposed Turkish involvement in the ‘‘Christian club’’ of the European Union. Hakan Yavuz notes in this volume that, in pursuit of a ‘‘democratic Islamic identity,’’ Islamists reversed this long-standing hostility in the late 1990s and now support Turkey’s accession to the European Union precisely as a means of expanding an open democratic politics and hence the freedom of Muslims to shape public life. Islam in Turkey is thus a fascinating mixed case: in its basic ideas, it resists both the comprehensive claims of the secular state as well as either Christian- or secular-dominated European integration, but in its weak institutional differentiation as a historical legacy and contemporary fact, it embraces the EU in order to win by international means the political autonomy it cannot win by domestic means alone.

Three decades of Europeanization thus have had minimal effects, a fact attested to by scattered evidence from opinion surveys. Public support for European integration is much weaker on questions of education, social, cultural, and media policy than, for example, on questions of economic and even foreign and security policy (Theiler, 1999a: 143–48, 1999b: 65; Dalton and Eichenberg, 1998: 263). A culturally largely undefined European collective identity leaves plenty of space for secular Europe’s incorporation of the politics of religion.

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