“Let’s Make the Future” presents: Deafness and Genetic Engineering

Possession is nine-tenths of the law, they say. Unsurprising, then, are the polemics of jurisdiction over genetic material. A question like that posed by the Journal of Medical Ethics -- "If [genetic preimplantation] could be employed to produce deaf children, would it be acceptable for deaf parents to do so?" -- is well-suited for philosophy,... Continue Reading →

deaf here, Deaf there, deaf everywhere (II)

As of the first chapter of Deaf in the USSR, we were in 1917, on the tail of a revolution from centuries of despotic rule by a series of tsars. Inclusion and unification were at the top of the revolutionary agenda, and the deaf were perfect mascots for the new Soviet ideal of human perfectibility... Continue Reading →

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