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Eugenics

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Kelsey Smith

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Transcript of Eugenics

Cons
Denies human rights

Discourages diversity

Playing God
Eugenics
Description
The practice of increasing desirable human characteristics and improving the human population as a whole
Debate
some people believe that eugenics is taking away human rights while others believe it will help create a better world.
Research question
Will eugenics become a common practice?
Pros
Eradication of hereditary disease

Equality

improved quality of human species
Background
Sir Francis Galton created eugenics in 1883. Scientists during that time believed that certain behaviors, such as alcoholism, were caused by genes alone and that by removing these genes, over time we would stop developing them.
Eugenics was most popular 1939-1945
Kelsey Smith
Works Cited
"CHAPTER TWO: EUGENICS AND ITS SHADOW." CHAPTER TWO: EUGENICS AND ITS SHADOW. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2014.

"Cruelty reparations." Washington Post 11 Dec. 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 04 Jan. 2014.

Darnovsky, Marcy. "Humans Have a Right to Be Born Without Genetic Manipulation."Human Genetics. Ed. Noël Merino. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Current Controversies. Rpt. from "Human Rights in a Post-Human Future." Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age: Why We Need a Genetic Bill of Rights. Ed. Sheldon Krimsky and Peter Shorett. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 04 Jan. 2014.

Douthat, Ross. “Eugenics, Past and Future.” New York Times, 9 June 2012. Web. 04 Jan. 2014

"Preface to 'Is Human Genetic Testing Ethical?'." Biomedical Ethics. Ed. Viqi Wagner. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 04 Jan. 2014.

Taylor, Rebecca. "How Modern Eugenics Discounts Human Dignity." Ncregister.com. National Catholic Register, 27 Jan. 2012. Web. 04 Jan. 2014.


Questions
What is eugenics?
What are some ways it can help society?
What are some ways it is detrimental to society?
Who created eugenics?
What was happening when eugenics was at its peak?
Eugenics should not become a common practice because the lengths we have to go to to get the desired results are strenuous and immoral.
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