Erika DeBenedictis and the Cost of Playing God

ARF, Audrey Hepburn, bioethics, Center for Genetics and Society, China, Culture & Ethics, Emily Reeves, Erika DeBenedictis, Evolution News, Forbes, gene editing, genome, He Jiankui, HIV, Hong Kong, INK4a, Intelligent Design, ISSCR, Jin-Soo Kim, Jordan Peterson, Marxists, Medicine, Nature (journal), scientists, Seoul National University, TEDx talk, twins, U.S. Senate, Wesley Smith
I won’t recap the splendid work Emily Reeves has already done here in dissecting the TEDx talk from a scientific angle. Source
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When “Science” Becomes a Cult

abortion, Bill Nye, biology, cult, dogma, double-talk, Douglas Axe, embryology, empirical science, Environmentalism, experimentation, Faith & Science, falsification, human rights, humanities, ideology, John Zmirak, Jonathan Wells, Marquis de Sade, materialistic philosophy, materialistic science, Moses, Nature (journal), nature rights, New Atheism, Pharaoh, political science, Politics, religion, sex, Simone de Beauvoir, The Stream, trust, Twitter, Wesley Smith
The problem comes when, in order to win our acceptance, double-talk is used to pretend that a cult is something other than what it is. Source
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Why Intelligent Design Had to Be the First to Face the Guillotine

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In Wesley J. Smith’s phrase, in the present cultural moment, we have witnessed “the French Revolution attacking the American Revolution.” Source
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Elk Goes Down; Darwin Breathes a Sigh of Relief

abolitionist movement, Afghan Hound, Black Lives Matter, Border Collie, Bronx Zoo, Charles Darwin, Christians, civil rights, Creativity, Darwinists, dominance, elk, Evolution, Human Zoos, John West, Judeo-Christian tradition, New York Times, Oregon, Ota Benga, pastors, Portland, priests, protesters, pseudoscience, racial hierarchy, Racism, scientific racism, scripture, statues, Wesley Smith
What is the evolutionary argument against unapologetic racism and the supremacy of whatever race can climb to the top? 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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Human Zoos — How “Science” Fueled the Racial Fire

African-American, Africans, alt-right, Bellevue, Black Lives Matter, Bronx Zoo, Caucasian, Charles Darwin, clergy, Culture & Ethics, Discovery Institute, Evolution, George Floyd, Human Zoos, John West, lockdown, looting, Minneapolis, New York City, New York Times, original sin, Ota Benga, pandemic, police brutality, protests, pygmies, Racism, scientific racism, Seattle, South Bronx, St. Louis, textbooks, The Descent of Man, The Hub, Tukwila, United States, Wesley Smith
Scorching images from across the country fill our screens, a reminder that the racial past remains an unhealed burn in America’s present. The mood in our own area is shocked and anxious, as we watched violence and looting spread from Seattle to outlying cities like Bellevue and Tukwila. It is getting very close to home. Some have called racism America’s historical “original sin.” Where did many white people of the past get the wicked idea that their lives matter more than black lives? The question is complex but, without doubt, Darwinian theory helped to fuel our present racial fire. Comprehending the national burden of hatred is a task not only for scholars but for all Americans. So too with understanding the origins of the opportunistic criminality that has piggybacked on…
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