The Terri Schiavo Case: A debate

Harvest Terri Schiavo’s Organs? Where does the slippery slope end? This excerpt from a debate on Court TV between Florida bioethicist Bill Allen and Discovery Institute senior fellow (and author of “Culture of Death,”) Wesley J. Smith is telling—and chilling. Personhood Theory: Why Contemporary Mainstream Bioethics is Dangerous. Wesley Smith: “I participated in an on-line debate for Court TV yesterday Read More ›

Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith Say “Let Terri Live”

Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader and Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith, author of the award winning book Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America call upon the Florida Courts and Governor Jeb Bush to take any legal action available to let Terri Schiavo live. “A profound injustice is being inflicted on Terri Schiavo,” Nader and Smith Read More ›

Terri Schiavo: Judicial Murder

This article, published by The Village Voice, references Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Wesley J. Smith:

In his book Forced Exit (Times Books), Wesley quotes neurologist William Burke: “A conscious person would feel it [dehydration] just as you and I would. . . . Their skin cracks, their tongue cracks, their lips crack. They may have nosebleeds because of the drying of the mucous membranes, and heaving and vomiting might ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining.

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Objectivity Lost in Debate Over Faith, Evolution

This article, published by The Columbia Daily Tribune, mentions Discovery Institute Center for Science & Culture Senior Fellow Richard Sternberg and Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Stephen Meyer:

Science should be open-minded, objective and free of bias. Yet the career of Richard Sternberg, a prominent scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is in jeopardy. This is because he, as editor of the scientific journal “Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington,” published an article on “intelligent design” by Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute. Intelligent design theorizes that the universe and living things are best explained as having an intelligent cause.

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Pushing Infanticide

Bureaucracy has trumped morality in the Netherlands. How else can one explain a country where, when doctors admit publicly that they commit eugenic infanticide, the leaders’ response is not to prosecute them for murder, but instead to urge that guidelines be created under which future baby killings can openly take place? The “Groningen Protocol” — named after a pediatric hospital Read More ›

Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith Condemns Judge’s Ruling in Schiavo Case

As Terri Schiavo approaches her 94th hour without food or water, tensions rise across the country on both sides of the issue. Below, Wesley J. Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, attorney, and ethicist, released a statement regarding the latest ruling by a judge in Florida to block Terri’s feeding tube to be reinserted, thus sustaining her life. Read More ›

We’re On The Wrong Road For Traffic Fixes

This article, published by The Seattle PI, is about Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center:

Unnoted by the general media, the Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center conducted a highly informative two-day leadership forum late last month at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. It attracted transportation policy-makers and professionals from the United States, Canada and all levels of government and covered the full range of issues facing both the West Coast and our own neighborhood.

The conference proceedings, if read and heeded by local officials, would alter drastically the transportation priorities and projects being pursued here. So, for that matter, would the report presented earlier in February to Gov. Christine Gregoire and legislative leaders by the Cascadia Center’s Transportation Working Group.

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King County Metro Eyes Passenger-Ferry Service

This article, published by The Seattle Times, references a study done by Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Center:

According to a study published by the Cascadia Center of the Discovery Institute, Metro in 1988 studied passenger-ferry service on Lake Washington but concluded that the service would be too slow to compete with buses, that it would be hard to build ferry terminals and that the market was questionable.

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Publishers Weekly Likes Gilder Book, The Silicon Eye

Publishers Weekly published a review of Discovery Institute Senior Fellow George Gilder’s book The Silicon Eye.

Known for weaving engrossing stories from material knotted with numbing complexity, Gilder (Telecosm; Microcosm) delves once again into the world of high-tech business, this time focusing on the company Foveon and its efforts to develop a device that will allow digital machines to see as the human eye does. “Computers can perform instantaneous calculus… and search the entire contents of the Library of Congress in a disk-drive database,” he writes. “But they cannot see. Even today, recognizing a face glimpsed in a crowd across an airport lobby, two human eyes can do more image processing than all the supercomputers in the world put together.” The book traces a circuitous path in its investigation of Foveon’s “silicon eye” — leading through discussions of the magnetic codes on paper checks and of notebook computer touchpads — but Gilder is a competent, eloquent guide.

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