Abortion stops a beating heart

Cross-posted from The Public Discourse  The most straightforward argument for banning abortion, and the one that ultimately persuades me that we should do so, is the enormous cruelty and tragedy of violently ending a new human life. As former Vice President Dan Quayle once observed, abortion stops a beating heart. Even more to the point,

Embryology: Inconvenient Facts

Cross-posted from First Things William L. Saunders, Jr. In the ongoing debate about cloning human embryos for research, and about destroying them in order to harvest their stem cells, it is important to keep some basic facts in mind. Our moral analysis must be built upon fundamental scientific truths. If we obscure the facts, then

The slow death of a pseudo-discipline

Cross-posted from MercatorNet Enthusiasm for neuro-everything seems to be waning in the light of evidence that brain scans don’t tell us very much. Could we be reaching the end of materialist neuroscience? It’s possible. It’s becoming conventional to assert that the mind is not the brain—even New York Times columnist David Brooks, who wrote an “evolutionary psychology”

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