"Science without conscience will be the ruin of man."The science and technology show Découvete, which airs on the Radio-Canada (French-language) television network, is going to air a show on Feb. 27 entitled: The Boy Without a Penis. Tell me if there's not something you find ethically disturbing about this.
Here's the (translated) description:
Sexual identity, is it innate or acquired? A fundamental question which was the object of a human experiment in Canada in the 60s. This week on Découverte, we tell you the troubling story of David Reimer, a Canadian from Winnipeg who, at 7 months, had his penis burnt off during a surgerical procedure...
This alone should answer the answer the question about ethics. But it gets worse...
and of John Money, the psychologist who treated him. This psychologist advocated one of the most celebrated hypotheses in modern psychology: any boy could be raised as a girl. During the first 14 years of his life, David Reimer was raised as a girl and, unfortunately, the experiment turned badly.
When I was in Guinea, a good friend of mine who was a biology/chemistry teacher, often said, "La science sans conscience sera la ruine de l'homme."
"Science without conscience will be the ruin of man."
How can a modest middle school teacher from a tiny African village continue to be so much more right than the world's smartest minds? I guess it goes to show yet again the difference between wisdom and intelligence.