What Bioethicists Think About What Steven Pinker Thinks About What Bioethicists Think

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An interesting discussion of some reactions to Pinker’s recent op-ed about the role of bioethics can be found here.                                                            (image: books)

One response to “What Bioethicists Think About What Steven Pinker Thinks About What Bioethicists Think

  1. My problem with Pinker’s op-ed piece is this inflammatory bit: “… the primary moral goal for today’s bioethics can be summarized in a single sentence. Get out of the way.”

    That assumes that all of bioethics is concerned only with deterring research, which is as clearly false as the assumption that psychology is concerned only with Freudian analysis. No one would argue that, because Freudian analysis is bunk, the primary moral goal for today’s psychology can be summarized in a single sentence. (Get out of the way.)

    Pinker is almost certainly right in criticizing bioethicists who are against CRIPSER-Cas9, but in criticizing an entire discipline he paints with (way, way) too broad a brush.

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