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I have been asked to add a subscription capability to the site, and so I have—I think. I am pretty techno-maladroit, so I would appreciate hearing whether I properly installed the function. Thanks to all who support Secondhand . . . . Continue Reading »

Anti-Humanism Gaining Traction

Here we go again. Newsweek reports—in surprisingly positive terms—on the movement to rid the earth of the vermin species—us:Environmentalists have their own eschatology—a vision of a world not consumed by holy fire but returned to ecological balance by the removal of the most . . . . Continue Reading »

Will Saletan Hits a Home Run

I am a big fan of Slate’s Will Saletan. He is a wonderful writer, he has a way of looking evenly at all sides of biotech issues, and even if I don’t always (usually) agree with him, he is always well worth reading and pondering. Saletan scores in his newest column, about attending a . . . . Continue Reading »

Kass v. Pinker at the Intellectual OK Corral

This exchange between Leon Kass and Stephen Pinker in Commentary is superb, and I must say, Kass wins the exchange hands down. (Full disclosure: I am an enthusiastic Kassophile. I consider him to be, perhaps, our most wise and profound public intellectual.)The exchange was sparked by an article Kass . . . . Continue Reading »

Assisted Suicide Eviction

Can you blame them? The housing association where the Swiss assisted suicide organization Dignitas maintains a death apartment, has evicted the group because other residents are sick of the suicide parade.It is a familiar sight for the residents of Zurich’s Getrud Strasse number 84. Three or . . . . Continue Reading »