1. Hudson Institute briefing on human
On December 12, the Hudson Institute hosted an elite gathering,
including former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, for a
on the "long run impact of the human biotechnology revolution."
The presenter, Steven Sailer of the Human Biodiversity Institute,
suggested that "progressive pressure groups" may try
to ban human
genetic engineering but will fail; then, to prevent a crisis
inequality, they could flip 180 degrees and try to mandate
"politically correct" human genetic engineering. He
China, with less scruples, will simply compete straight-forwardly
"If China uses genetic enhancements while the West either
or pursues a politically correct re-engineering of human nature,
inevitable result within a few generations would be Chinese
and thus military, global hegemony. The weapons scientist and
evolutionary theorist Gregory Cochran points out that `We cannot
out of this biological arms race any more than we could opt
the nuclear arms race. Thus, those serious about either preventing
or mandating genetic engineering should start planning a pre-emptive
nuclear strike on China…soon.'"
Sailer illustrates his argument with a colorful slide of a
For a text of the Hudson Institute presentation, see
2. Novartis Foundation invites eugenicist
Arthur Jensen to speak
People Against Eugenics (PAE) are protesting the invitation
Novartis Foundation to have eugenicist Arthur Jensen address
scientific meeting in London on intelligence.
David King of PAE said: "It is vital that we resist the
return of eugenics. On the eve of a new millennium we are facing
two threats: the increasing acceptance of old fashioned eugenics,
like Jensen's, and the proliferation of genetic technology,
unrestrained by either law or ethics. It is time to take a stand."
For more information: People Against Eugenics, PO Box 6313,
N16 0DY. Phone: 44 (0)181 809 4513; fax: 44 (0)171 502 7516.
3. "The Ethics and Politics of Germline
Copies of the notes and other materials used at the December
workshop held at UC Berkeley are available from Marcy Darnovsky
at Contact us. The workshop
covered the history of eugenic
politics, the "formal" ethical debate over human genetic
modification, the deeper political issues at stake, the sources
of the new techno-eugenic ideology, and more.