“Vegetative” patients who respond to Hitchcock

Neuroscientist Adrian Owen has been studying the brain activity of people who are in a “vegetative state.”  A recent experiment showed a classic episode, “Bang!  You’re Dead!” from Alfred Hitchcock’s TV show, directed by the master of suspense himself, to two unresponsive people with brain injuries, as well as two healthy people.  One of the “vegetables” showed identical brain responses to the healthy viewers.  After the jump, an account of the research, plus the video of the episode. [Read more...]

The persistence of eugenics

You might have thought that eugenics–the attempt to breed a master race by keeping inferior sorts from having children–perished with the Nazis.  But no.  . . . [Read more...]

The abortion talk

My daughter has published a brilliant article in the Federalist!  I am so proud.  From Mary Moerbe, NPR Forced Me To Have The Talk With My Six-Year-Old:

It crept up on me, but it was suddenly time to have the talk. I switched off the radio as I was driving my oldest daughter to a lesson, and slowly let out my breath. Obviously, my daughter was feeling things she had never felt before, and a quick glance was enough to tell me that now was a time she needed me to talk. She asked, “Mommy, what were they talking about, ending pregnancies?” [Read more...]

Automatic birth control?

Ruth Marcus cites a “thought experiment” put forward in a new book:

Imagine that all women in the United States, upon becoming sexually active, were automatically fitted with an intrauterine device or other form of long-acting birth control. [Read more...]

Suicide tourism

Tourism is booming in Switzerland, but many visitors aren’t coming back home.  They are suicide tourists, going to the land of legalized euthanasia to end their lives.  And increasingly, they get doctors to finish them off even though they don’t have fatal diseases. [Read more...]

Belgium will give a sex offender euthanasia

Belgium has abolished capital punishment, but it has legalized euthanasia, even for small children.  Now it will euthanize a sex offender who suffers from guilt for being a serial rapist and murderer.   The prisoner had refused a chance at early parole, afraid that he would offend again, and was refused admission to a psychiatric facility.  Belgium is too humane for other options, such as chemical castration.  So, since the prisoner requested death, the state will invoke its “mercy killing” law. [Read more...]


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