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The Disabled in the Second Wave of Eugenics

    Eugenics, the selection of desired heritable characteristics in order to improve future generations, has been both an admired and a highly controversial branch of science.  Birthed in the mid-nineteenth century by British scholar Francis Galton upon his discovery of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, this field of study has inspired scientific communities and governments throughout the world to seek advancement of the human population and eradication of social issues by selectively promoting reproduction among favored individuals and by inhibiting reproduction with unfavorable individuals. This cause for eugenics even compelled certain authorities to implement forced sterilization and, most strikingly, the utter genocide of Jews and other peoples by Nazi Germany. With such egregious events having occurred in the name of eugenics, the drastic decline in the popularity of this field is indeed feasible. Continue reading

Why She Deserved It: Her Legacy and Hope

She was in utter confusion. She had read the entire 120 meters of data countless times, but, with each reading, her understanding remained unreached. She had not seen anything like it in the past, but, after months of further perusal, an explanation was finally found to make sense of this uncanny discovery, which led to the awarding of the Nobel Prize. However, the award was never given to her. She did not get was she rightfully deserved.

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Aristotle: History and Relevancy

Aristotle continues to remain relevant in the realms of science. Throughout the work The Scientific Revolution, Steven Shapin elaborates the vast changes that galvanized seventeenth-century society; he discusses how new scientific ideas and findings of the times shifted common thought from Aristotelian logic to more substantive, explicit reasoning. Many of the scholars who propelled such changes, however, underwent a great deal of criticism and resistance when initially sharing their ideas. The beliefs of the renowned philosopher Aristotle were highly prominent for centuries, and all of sudden these ideas were being uprooted by new, unknown scholars. On the other hand, these new ideas were eventually accepted as common truths, thus decreasing science’s reliance on philosophy. Conversely, as the notion of science is an inherently human endeavor, certain aspects of philosophy, namely those of Aristotle, are still implemented into today’s scientific practices. Continue reading

The Network of Networks: First Law

“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral,” historian and professor Melvin Kranzberg once declared in his elaboration of the history and analysis of technology. Rather, its impact is determined by the societal constraints under which it is placed during its time of use; that which is considered a “bad” technology in one culture may be an undeniably “good” technology in another culture. Indeed, all technologies come with their benefits and consequences, but each culture weighs these consequences differently depending on the matters that the culture is facing.

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