The Stillborn God

September 25, 2007

A Salon.com book review of The Stillborn God.  This books covers the history of the separation of church and state and why the west has had this separation and the Muslim world has not and may not have the same separation. 

The books apparently tries to remind us why separation is needed and how easily we could fall back into the dark ages.  It also reminds us how bloody the reformation that lead to the enlightenment was and how bloody a comparable Muslim enlightenment would be.

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Evolution as a Moral Guide

September 18, 2007

New York Times article on Evolutionary Ethics

I wrote a paper for my college Ethics class about natural selection and genetics role in ethics.  This article discusses this possibility.  The theory is completely rational and actually explains ethics in terms other than ambiguities such as “reason” and “god”.

Fine line for Eugenics

September 18, 2007

I have been pondering the idea of Eugenics.  I should say up front that I generally don’t approve of Eugenics.  I will go through what I believe eugenics is, why it is usually unethical and impotent, and under what circumstances that it would actually (and has) worked ethically.

Eugenics is the philosophy that you can subject the human species to artificial selection by political means.  This is often incorrectly equated with genocide (the forceful winnowing of a population).  Although genocide is a form of eugenics, eugenics is not necessarily genocide.  Genocide in the commonly understood definition is the goal of causing the extinction of a group based on “national, ethnical, racial, or religious” affiliation.  These traits are decidedly superficial and arbitrary.  I do assert that there are traits that we do not want continuing in our population but where to draw the line is the tricky part.

Eugenics – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Is ‘Do Unto Others’ Written Into Our Genes? – New York Times