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Eugenics (from the Greek εὐγενής eugenes 'well-born' from εὖ, 'good, well' and γένος, 'race, stock, kin) is a set of beliefs and practices that aim to improve the genetic quality of a human population by excluding (through a variety of morally criticized means) certain genetic groups judged to be inferior, and promoting other genetic groups judged to be superior. The definition of eugenics has been a matter of debate since the term was coined by Francis Galton in 1883. The concept predates the term; Plato suggested applying the principles of selective breeding to humans around 400 BC. Eugenics ...more
“ Soon it will be a sin for parents to have a child which carries the heavy burden of genetic disease. ”
“ All societies that have tried to keep themselves ‘pure,’ from the Confucian Chinese through to the Castilian Spanish to the post-Wilhelmine Germans, have collapsed into barbarism, insularity and superstition. And swiftly enough for us to be certain that the fall was no more connected to the genes than was the rise. There is no gene for I.Q., and there is no genetic or evolutionary timing that is short enough to explain histories or societies. ”
Are you living with a disability, or know someone who is? Do you or someone you love struggle wi…more
[close] Are you living with a disability, or know someone who is? Do you or someone you love struggle with a mental health condition like anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, or Asperger's syndrome? Or are you a student or professional in the field of disability or mental health? Then this book club might be for you! I'm hoping to use this Goodreads group as a public forum for discussions around the issues of disability, marginalization, freedom and dissent. In my opinion, issues of disability are intimately connected to the preservation of the social freedoms we all enjoy, as well as our continuing prosperity. If we could get the conversation around disability (physical, emotional and mental) right, many of the social problems we grapple with as a society would vanish. In this group, we'll read first-person narratives of disability and dissent, classics in the areas of political philosophy and metaphysics, and books on current and historical events. Particularly of interest are Western political philosophers from the 18th century onward, narratives of resistance (both fiction and nonfiction), comparative religion, and historical books about the Nazis. A little about me: My name is Helen, and I'm the founder of Grey Shaman Press, an indie press that aims to further the public conversation around disability issues, mental health and human rights. My work includes e-books, journalism and online courses that will soon be offered on our websites and other platforms like Amazon. To keep up with me, visit me at https://greyshamanpress.com (currently under construction). Leave your e-mail address for special updates and access to discounts, events and free e-goodies! You can also check me out on Facebook at https://greypriestessabbey.com, or on Twitter @greyshaman33. Finally, I'm on Parler @greyshamanpress. My personal webpage is at https://helenoneil.com, where I talk about my work as a writer, educator and shaman. Welcome!
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This global discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underrep…more
[close] This global discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share “underground knowledge”. This is also a place to discuss the controversial topics explored in The Underground Knowledge Series (non-fiction books) by James Morcan & Lance Morcan as well as the Underground Knowledge podcast show.
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A place to discuss all the unique aspects of Deaf culture as highlighted in the thriller Silent …more
[close] A place to discuss all the unique aspects of Deaf culture as highlighted in the thriller Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by Lance & James Morcan. This group can also be an intersection of sorts where Deaf and hearing people can engage and learn from each other.
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