Atheist Dawkins Begins to Admit the Implications of His Beliefs

Richard Dawkins wrote to the Sunday Herald in the U.K. and explores some of the logical implications of his atheism — namely, that atheists have no moral basis on which to oppose eugenics:

The spectre of Hitler has led some scientists to stray from “ought” to “is” and deny that breeding for human qualities is even possible. But if you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why on Earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability?

The flip side of this, of course, is that breeding for desirable traits is by definition breeding to eliminate unwanted traits — which is precisely what Hitler tried to do.


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