“Democracy beyond anatomy”

Yet another brilliant TED talk. Bioethicist and social activist Alice Dreger talks about the fuzzy boundaries between our disconcertingly unstable biological categories; the shift from supernatural to natural explanations for the world; the basis both within and beyond biology for our notions of political rights; the genius of the Founding Fathers in envisioning a “democracy beyond anatomy”; and more:

It’s an impressive synthesis of several themes I’ve expressed interest in: identity beyond ethnicity (or biology in general), the relationship between science and democracy, and the reasons for expanding the circle of our moral concern, among others. One quibble: the music from 1776 is not forgettable! Otherwise, highly recommended viewing.


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