Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Ethics is but a horsefly dogging the progress of the potent, muscular thoroughbred of biomedicine"


Nathaniel Comfort on Steven Pinker's "Out of my way, damned bioethicists!" article:

Pinker's Panglossian paean notwithstanding, biomedicine, like industrialization, has a mixed legacy. Industrialization has brought improvements in public health and quality of life, reduction of death and suffering, and profound creativity and culture. But it has also led to the destruction of cultures and ecosystems, pollution, and climate change. Further, it has increased some forms of suffering—through, for example, sweatshops, child labor, and occupational disease and injury. Industrialists, too, like to cry "Get out of the way!" to regulators who think beyond the short term.

The rest of the article can be found here.

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