Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | November 13, 2008

Weekly Read-Along—November 14, 2008: Daedelus

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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J.B.S. Haldane (1892 – 1964) was a British geneticist and critic of the eugenics movement.  He was—along with Ronald Fisher, Sewall Wright and James Crow—one of the founders of population genetics. Haldane became a Marxist in 1937, but later left the Communist Party after revelations of Stalin’s brutality and concerns about Lysenkoism.  He immigrated to India in 1957 and died of cancer on December 1, 1964.

 

This week’s text, Haldane’s Daedalus or the Future of Science (1923), describes the future of science and its role in shaping ethics.  It is prescient for its prediction of ‘test-tube babies’ and is often cited as the inspiration for Huxely’s book, Brave New World

 

Join others in this weekly reading event!  You can find the text at this website: 

 

http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/Daedalus.html


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