Famed scientist and outspoken atheist intellectual Richard Dawkins has garnered controversy for posting a message to Twitter where he suggested that eugenics would help humanity.
The best-selling author of The God Delusion posted on Sunday about the issue of eugenics, arguing that while advocating for it ideologically would be questionable, the practice would work if implemented.
“It’s one thing to deplore eugenics on ideological, political, moral grounds. It’s quite another to conclude that it wouldn’t work in practice. Of course it would,” tweeted Dawkins.
“It works for cows, horses, pigs, dogs & roses. Why on earth wouldn’t it work for humans? Facts ignore ideology.”
Dawkins followed up his initial tweet with a disclaimer that he opposed “the idea of a eugenic policy” and implored people to “fight it on moral grounds.”
“I simply said deploring it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work. Just as we breed cows to yield more milk, we could breed humans to run faster or jump higher. But heaven forbid that we should do it,” he continued.
“It would work in the same sense as it works for cows. Let’s fight it on moral grounds. Deny obvious scientific facts & we lose – or at best derail – the argument.”
Despite the disclaimers of opposing eugenics as a policy, Dawkins nevertheless garnered much criticism on social media.
“I don’t have room to explain why in a tweet but we are very confident that eugenics would not ‘work’ in humans,” replied Dave Curtis of the UCL Genetics Institute.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski