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The Re-Creation of Man: Genetic Testing, Genetic Selection or a new form of Eugenics
Religion and Theology
Pages 40 (10040 words)
The Re-Creation of Man: Genetic Testing, Genetic Selection or a new form of Eugenics 1. Framing the question Students of Kant and Spinoza would have realized, prior to embarking on their study of the mysteries of ethics that they had deeply delved into a world of metaphysics.
Since then, physics has irrevocably been linked to all philosophical sciences, experiments and theories in understanding the limits, the validity of knowledge and of existences supported by Darwin’s magnum opus publication, “Origin of Species”. Thereafter, biology and anthropology were linked to the quest of meta-physicists and ethicists. In his influential book – “Shaping the future: Biology and Human Values” – Morowitz (1989) points out that science about the physical world is not stagnant. He continues by stating that each moment, new discoveries are made and a better understanding gained into the workings of the ‘Creation’ right from the limitless space to the ultramicroscopic particles. He reinforces this believe by stating that additionally knowledge is gained and developed, sometimes with the discarding of older established once-axiomatic theories, thus newer disciplines are established. Ecology, ethnology and anthropology saw giant strides being taken at the same time that branches like nanotechnology, cognitive sciences, computational information technology were being born. Moral philosophy did not remain aloof from these developments. Newer developments in these fields impacted and influenced the futher development of thought in ethical studies. ...
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