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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

That didn't take long

Richard Dawkins comes out as a eugenicist:

A leading international anti-religion crusader and supporter of Darwinian theory, Dr. Richard Dawkins, has said that the pseudo-science of eugenics that drove the Nazi regime’s genocidal project “may not be bad.”

Since the end of the second world war, the name of eugenics, the social philosophy that the human species or particular races ought to be improved by selective breeding or other forms of genetic manipulation, is one that conjures instant images of the Nazi death camps and “racial hygiene” programs.

In a letter to the editor of Scotland’s Sunday Herald, Dawkins argues that the time has come to lay this spectre to rest. Dawkins writes that though no one wants to be seen to be in agreement with Hitler on any particular, “if you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why on Earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability?”

Yes, I am vastly amused by this. It's all just so predictable. And while I'm surprised that Dawkins has gotten so carried away by his success that he is finally daring to openly proclaim a more rational atheism, I'm not at all shocked by his conclusions. I merely wonder how long it will take for him to realize that he also lacks any rational basis to avoid exterminating pesky and unwanted minorities.

Seriously, on what basis does the atheist prosecute the individual who digs up a few kilos of rotting flesh in order to have sex with it? Trespassing? We've already settled that atheists have no objection to who puts what where so long as all parties a) aren't children, and, b) consent. So, in that case, what does it matter if the lifeless random collection of atoms once happened to be human or plastic?

Atheism always leads the thinking individual to nihilism. The fact that most atheists aren't nihilists isn't a credit to atheism, it's more a testimony to how few individuals are capable of reason or even understanding the logical consequences of their basic assumptions.

Oh, and Richard, the answer to your question is that music lessons are provided with the consent of the individual, or at least the parent. Breeding heavily implies, (although it does not absolutely require), a lack of consent on the part of the individuals involved. Of course, if you don't believe that Man possesses God-given rights because there is no God to give them, then there's no rational reason why one shouldn't treat men and women like dogs.

UPDATE - Here's Dawkin's actual letter. While I always prefer the original source, the Herald link wasn't working when I first posted.

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