Continuity with our species does not provide any protection at all. This is because the evolutionary process cannot confer any value on humans — or any other species.
Pinker is right that we should formulate our ideas based on evidence, not bias and preconceptions.
Unfortunately, Pinker’s overweening faith in science as a reliable path to the truth has its own problems.
Shelley’s cautionary tale of a scientific experiment run amok has profound implications for today’s bioethics debates.
Some leading figures of the alt-right, such as Richard Spencer, are sympathetic with paganism.