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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
How stupid is Bush, really?
They key word here is “discarded.” Bushy Boy insists that the bill would require tax payers to subsidize research that intentionally destroys human life. Again I ask: how stupid is he, really? What exactly does he not understand about the fact that such embryos would otherwise be discarded? That means destroyed, annihilated, disintegrated, and not to do research with them, but as a byproduct of the (if not immoral, certainly ethically questionable, in a planet of six billions) attempt to produce more human beings by artificial means (which, by the way, I don't recall being sanctioned in the Bible either).
To the stupidity of our leader, of course, we have to add the idiocy of our elected representatives, who are also passing (in the House, notoriously more idiotic than the Senate on most matters) two additional and completely useless bills. One encourages scientists to look for alternative ways to obtain stem cells. As if scientists actually needed such encouragement to begin with (they've been looking long and hard for years). The third bill comes closest to pure insanity: it actually prohibits a practice known (to fear-mongering Republicans) as “fetus harvest,” the implantation of human fetuses for the sole purpose of harvesting stem cells. Except that such practice doesn't exist, it has never existed, and has not been proposed by any scientist whatsoever.
One more time, folks, how stupid are these people, really?