The Human Body as a Marvel of Engineering

Center on Human Exceptionalism, Discovery Institute, Engineering, engineers, heritability, Howard Glicksman, human body, Humanize, ID The Future, Intelligent Design, Medicine, natural selection, neo-Darwinian theory, Podcast, random mutation, Steve Laufmann, Wesley J. Smith, Your Designed Body
“The systems that are required to make the human body work,” says Steve Laufmann, “are exactly the kinds of things that engineers design and build.” Source
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Listen: Dr. Jay Bhattacharya on COVID-19 as One of the Most Divisive Events in American History

Big Tech, Center for Disease Control, COVID-19, Culture & Ethics, factionalism, free speech, heterodoxy, Humanize, Jay Bhattacharya, lockdown, Medicine, National Bureau of Economics Research, pandemic, Podcast, Politics, public health, science, Stanford University, Wesley Smith, World Health Organization
Action was taken to suppress heterodox voices. Wesley Smith’s guest is one of those caught in this cultural oppression. Source
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Where the Abortion Debate Goes from Here

abortion, Americans United for Life, Australia, Catherine Glenn Foster, Center for Human Exceptionalism, Constitution, Culture & Ethics, Discovery Institute, Dobbs v. Jackson, Europe, federal courts, human rights, Humanize, media, Medicine, North America, pro-life movement, public policy, Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court, United States, Wesley Smith
On a new podcast, host Wesley Smith and guest Catherine Glenn Foster discuss the Dobbs decision. Source
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David Berlinski on Architectural Nihilism, Human Nature and the Holocaust, and Emotivism

A Short History of Mathematics, A Tour of the Calculus, analytic philosophy, Center for Human Exceptionalism, Center for Science & Culture, Columbia University, Culture & Ethics, Darwinism, David Berlinski, differential topology, Evolution, Holocaust, human nature, Humanize, mathematics, Newton’s Gift, philosophy, philosophy of mathematics, Podcast, Princeton University, systems analysis, The Advent of the Algorithm, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements, theoretical biology
We live in intellectually mediocre times, when commitment to true debate has been replaced by a desire to stifle heterodox thought. Source
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Bioethicists Okay Human Extinction to Eliminate Suffering

asteroid, Christianity, Culture & Ethics, eugenics, euthanasia, extinction, Hilary Greaves, human extinction, Humanize, Joni Eareckson Tada, Journal of Medical Ethics Blog, nihilists, Oxford University, Physics, Earth & Space, Roger Crisp, Social Darwinism, Suffering, transhumanism, University of Calgary, Walter Glannon, Will MacAskill
A few months ago, Oxford professor Roger Crisp opined that we might not want to stop a huge asteroid from hitting the Earth. Source
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Thanksgiving and the Frailty of Scientific Atheism 

atheists, Baruch Spinoza, Betraying Spinoza, consensus, COVID-19, Culture & Ethics, Darwinian materialism, Faith & Science, human exceptionalism, Humanize, Intelligent Design, mainstream media, materialism, Michael Medved, mind-brain question, Rebecca Goldstein, Return of the God Hypothesis, Richard Lewontin, Salon, Stephen Meyer, Steven Pinker, Thanksgiving, uncanny, Wesley Smith
Our bioethicist colleague Wesley Smith had a very interesting and wide-ranging conversation with Stephen Meyer. Source
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Suicide by Zoom — Technology and Dehumanization

abortion, assisted suicide, California, coronavirus, Culture & Ethics, dehumanization, Humanize, Medicine, Meera Shah, New York State, oncologists, Oregon, oxymoron, pandemic, patients, Philadelphia Inquirer, Planned Parenthood, silver lining, suicide, Technology, telehealth, telemedicine, Wesley Smith, Zoom
Some have seen a silver lining in the pandemic and welcomed its encouragement of medicine practiced online, potentially freeing doctors to work across state borders, and widening access to care (or virtual care) generally. I’m not sure that’s to be celebrated in its entirety. The trend toward “telehealth” undercuts the crucial personal relationship between doctor and patient, which had already been in retreat before the virus came along. There are other downsides, too, including lethal ones. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “The pandemic is helping U.S. abortion-rights advocates achieve a long-standing goal: Make it easier for women to use pills to end pregnancies up to 10 weeks.” Get your abortion pills online — what could be more convenient? NPR approves, quoting New York physician Meera Shah with Planned Parenthood: “I…
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Why “Humanize”? A New Effort to Defend the Unique Dignity of Human Beings

animal rights, animal welfare, animals, Artificial Intelligence, Center on Human Exceptionalism, China, COVID-19, Culture & Ethics, Darwin Day in America, David Klinghoffer, Discovery Institute, Evolution, Evolution News, facial recognition, Falun Gong, human exceptionalism, Human Zoos, Humanize, humans, John West, La Bella Principessa, Leonardo da Vinci, Michael Egnor, quality of life, social credit, Steven J. Buri, The Biology of the Second Reich, Tom Shakely, transhumanism, triage, Uyghurs, Walter Bradley Center, Wesley Smith
Hello. My name is Wesley J. Smith and I am honored to be chairman of Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. I am writing to you here to introduce the CHE’s new blog, which we call Humanize. Humanize will complement and supplement the important work of the Center for Science & Culture and its invaluable Evolution News site.  Why did we choose “Humanize” as the name for the site? The once self-evident truth of human exceptionalism is under intensifying attack, as readers of Evolution News know well. Indeed, one of the tragic trends in thinking about evolution has been to blur the distinction between humans and animals. History warns us not to regard this lightly. Recent documentaries by Discovery Institute Vice President John West, Human Zoos and The Biology of…
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