The Rise of Infanticide Consciousness

I have been warning that infanticide is being normalized among the intelligentsia and in medicine. This story from Australia is more evidence that this is true. Apparently one-third of Aussie doctors would kill babies born with severe disabilities. And here’s an interesting twist that . . . . Continue Reading »

Shirley’s Big Mistake

James Shirley, the MIT stem cell professor who opposes human cloning and ESCR because it destroys nascent human life, a “controversial theory according to this Fox News report,” (but basic biology, says I), is on a hunger strike to protest being denied tenure. He is claiming racism. I . . . . Continue Reading »


The Washington Post is on to me with an article “The Bogus Science of Secondhand Smoke.” Well, it was fun while it lasted. Oh, wait: Not my Secondhand Smoke. Secondhand smoke, secondhand smoke. Never . . . . Continue Reading »

Misdiagnosing Permanent Unconsciousness

This is an important story, byline Carol Burczuk, the jist of which needs to be repeated until it finally sinks in: Just because doctors say someone is “unconscious,” it doesn’t mean they really are. Often, people are aware but cannot communicate—as in this story. Note, that . . . . Continue Reading »

Raising the Call to Fight Slavery

I have begun to pay more attention to the crucial human rights issue of slavery, which by its imposition on human beings, denies human exceptionalism and our intrinsic moral worth. Happily, my think tank the Discovery Institute is moving in the same direction. John R. Miller—who I had the . . . . Continue Reading »

Ralph Nader’s New Book

If you will all excuse a time out from our usual discussions here at Secondhand Smoke for a personal note: My friend Ralph Nader has a new book out and it looks to be a very special contribution from the man who has dedicated his life to civic engagement. It is called The Seventeen Traditions, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Shame on Pinker for Using the V-Word

In his Time essay, about which I just commented, Steven Pinker uses the V-word to describe someone with profound cognitive incapacities. He really shouldn’t. None of us should ever use that word any more than we would the odious N-word for black folk, or the C-word for women. Even used . . . . Continue Reading »

Attack on Human Exceptionalism in TIME

We shouldn’t be surprised that Time magazine would allow the evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker to write about what science knows—or thinks it knows—about the phenomenon of consciousness. But the magazine also lets him move way beyond the scientific realm and a recitation of . . . . Continue Reading »