[ExI] Books: The Mismeasure of Man

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Fri Sep 4 17:34:34 UTC 2009

Yes, I do.  I also think that the issues of "normal" and "normalization"* is
crucial to human enhancement and to consider what the jurisprudence has been
in accessing one person as normal and another person disabled will become a
very important area of debate as we alter our genetics. 

* Another good read is _Damned for Their Difference: The Cultural
Construction of Deaf People as Disabled_ (Branson & Miller)

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2009/9/4 Natasha Vita-More <natasha at natasha.cc>:
> No, not necessarily.  I was more intersted in his historical pitch and 
> the accuracy of his account.  I know he is often looked at with 
> disdain, especially in regards to Richard Dawkins.
> What are your thoughts?

Mmhhh, yes, I might have been influenced by the Dawkinsian Party, but I also
read something of his, and I did not find him very illuminating, not even in
a negative sense, even though his very good knowledge of his subjects is
obvious and some objections to the "new synthesis" are interesting.

This is why I was wondering whether you recommend the book at hand...

Stefano Vaj
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