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Monday, August 17, 2009

DeMille Now a Biologist

Mr. DeMille has written an article on why biology is "not a science anymore," which means "statesmen and social leaders of the future had better prepare accordingly"--with an embedded link to the GWU website on the word 'prepare.'

I've got to be blunt here. I don't know what on earth DeMille is talking about in this article.

It's the first in a five-part series that concludes, you guessed it, with an invitation to get your Ph.D. in Constitutional Law at George Wythe University.

I did understand one part -- DeMille surprised me when he revealed the total graduates of the "Thomas Jefferson Degree™" program to-date: five.

The goal now is to have twenty earn this degree by 2010. Given the mind-boggling timelines in the school's history, why not? Why not make it 200 by 2010? Dole out enough life experience credit and you can have a Ph.D. in a snap (see Deseret News story on GWC grad "Dr." Ann Tracy here).


J.L.L said...

Are you sure that's DeMille? That didn't really sound like him. I see his name on it, but I know nothing about that site.

I didn't really follow it either, although it did have a lot of common GWC buzzwords.

The Real George Wythe said...

It's from "The Center for Social Leadership," which DeMille and Brooks cofounded (http://www.thesocialleader.com/about/partners/)

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J.L.L said...

Ah ok. I couldn't find where you guys were saying he talked about 5 people with a TJ Degree, etc. I had only read the first two parts, and I just found the links to the other three. It makes more sense now.

So our world is going to change with the advent of new technology, particularly in the biosciences, and that biology will not merely be an observational science but rather will be a social science and dictated by policy. Statesmen need to prepare for that. That's his point. It's pretty abstract, and Ray Kurweil and others have been predicting a lot of social transformations for several years which hasn't happened.

I'm still waiting for my flying cars and Artificial Intelligence. Yes technology has changed how we live and how we act, but I don't think it has changed human relationships and I don't think it will. We'll have news ways to relate, but people are still people.

But if we do start creating genetically superior people, then yeah his point about "all men created equal" is not reallt true anymore. But I think it's much ado about nothing. Medical science has done well at prolonging life, but not really done anything that enhances human ability, at least not in the long run. None of the psych drugs enhance. Steroids are only short term and have side effects. The are things things artificial limbs and hearts, but those are to restore health, not advance it past a healthy person.

That's not to say it could never be done, but I think it's not a very worthwhile topic to spend much time on. It's like debating laws and policy for those born on the moon or other planets. Yeah it may happen some day, but save it for that day.

DeMille's getting pretty abstract and was saying some strange things:

"For example, mothers are much more like arms than bumpers — you can’t just pull one off and replace it, without creating excruciating and lasting pain. "

Um, ok.

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