Pinker on human dignity and the President’s Council

Cognitive scientist, public intellectual, and (more importantly) inspirational member of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists Steve Pinker has a piece of interest out in The New Republic, May 28th, 2008, “The Stupidity of Dignity“, which some What Sorters will find of interest. It concerns the use of the concept dignity in thinking on public policy in the realm of technology, enhancement, and human futures, and responds to the President’s Council on Bioethics recent release of a 555-page report, entitled Human Dignity and Bioethics, out in March 2008, and whose table of contents you can find here.

There will be many places on the web that you will be able to find discussions of this, in due course. Hat tip to The Neurocritic for catching my eye, who in turn picked it up from Jason Rosenhouse’s EvolutionBlog .

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