Monday, November 1, 2010

Materialism and genetics

I published this brief article today

Abstract: Advances in genetic science is one of the most exciting developments of our time.  There arises from this great hope to cure many crippling maladies whose quiddities have eluded us so far.  But, so long as these advances occur in an environment of scientism and materialist reductionism, progress in the study of genetics will continue to carry clear and substantial social dangers.

Lawson puts the potential horrors of this materialist reductionism in plain view in a mad pendulum swing across two short paragraphs:

The notion of homosexuality as genetic destiny won plaudits among those who thought that described the origins of their own sexual identity; but the discovery or belief that there is a simple and identifiable genetic cause of certain behavioral traits can have deeply unpleasant consequences.

In 1997 Professor James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, declared: “If you could find the gene which determines sexuality, and a woman decides she doesn’t want a homosexual child, well, let her [abort].”


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