Monday, November 18, 2013


Sir Walter Scott died in 1832. Yet his words concerning scientific exploration without a moral compass ring true today. Those involved with the issues of human cloning and embryonic stem cell research should heed his words:

“I am no great believer in the extreme degree of improvement to be derived from the advancement of science; for every pursuit of that nature tends, when pushed to a certain extent, to harden the heart and render the philosopher reckless of everything save the objects of his own pursuit; all equilibrium in the character is destroyed, and the visual nerve of the understanding is perverted by being fixed on one object exclusively.”

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