Genetics

A new Blogger I have recently caught up with has this to say:
In light of our ongoing treatment of Sanger and the Eugenics Movement, it’s fair to ask if the eugenists have any merit to their argument.

No, they don’t.

From a Christian anthropological perspective, the least among us is made in the image and likeness of God. Jesus tells us in Matthew 25 that He will judge us by our treatment of them, as He identifies with, “the least of these my brothers”.

As for the genetic basis of their argument: genetics or environment?, the safe answer is probably both. We can train a chimp to play golf and even fly a spacecraft, but that doesn’t make it human. Aping (pardon the pun) human behavior does not change genetic and simian reality for the chimp. For humans whose genetic defects render their function as less than optimal, sub-par performance does not make them less human, or less worthy of human dignity. An individual need not exhibit or realize all of their potential functions at all times in order to be a member of the human family.

We know that certain traits are hereditary, having identified what genes on what chromosomes are responsible. Down Syndrome is the most famous and easily recognizable based on physical (phenotypic) characteristics. Certain psychiatric conditions such as the Schizophrenias appear to have a genetic etiology. Autism may well prove to be genetic as well. I’m currently involved in a research project that points in that direction.

Read more here: http://gerardnadal.com/2010/01/04/genetics-the-nature-v-nurture-argument/#comment-401

Comments

Gerard Nadal said…
Hi Joanna,

Happy New Year.

Thanks for stopping in on my blog and for linking here. If there is some aspect of the science in the life issues that you or your readers might have, just let me know. That's why I started the blog.

God Bless,

Gerry Nadal
JoannaB said…
I think it's really great to have science with a Catholic viewpoint or vice versa - faith and reason together.

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