Human Exceptionalism

See Me Talk and Talk and Talk

I gave four hours worth of lectures last weekend at Trinity University Law School in Santa Ana and some kind blogger has posted the first two hours of video here. The blog entry reacting to my presentation, from a blog called “Jus Me Blogging” authored by a Christian disability rights advocate, quite gratified me. Its author wrote in part:

Does life have absolute value simply because it is human? We have to answer that question. We have to. We have to. We have to realize that bioethicists today, SAY NO. We have to become educated, at the very least aware, of what the consequences have been and will be of them saying no! We have to.

I quite agree, obviously, and think the author’s passion is abundantly warranted. In my talk, I speak about human exceptionalism, eugenics, the Buck v. Bell Supreme Court ruling, personhood theory, and the threat to human rights posed by saying no to the essential question: “Does human life have ultimate value simply and merely because it is human.”