Leon Kass, American Educator ( February 12, 1939 - )

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Technological innovation is indeed important to economic growth and the enhancement of human possibilities.~Leon Kass

Innovation Growth

Cloning represents a very clear, powerful, and immediate example in which we are in danger of turning procreation into manufacture.~Leon Kass

Powerful Example Clear

The technological way of thinking has infected even ethics, which is supposed to be thinking about the good.~Leon Kass

Good Thinking Ethics

Almost everybody is enthusiastic about the promise of biotechnology to cure disease and to relieve suffering.~Leon Kass

Suffering Cure Promise

If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness.~Leon Kass

Happiness You Easy

In cloning, in contrast, reproduction is asexual - the cloned child is the product not of two but of one.~Leon Kass

Child Product Two

The so-called right to reproduce is not an unlimited right.~Leon Kass

Right Reproduce Unlimited

We know next to nothing of what we're going to know in 20 or 50 years.~Leon Kass

Nothing Know Next

Genetics is crude, but neuroscience goes directly to work on the brain, and the mind follows.~Leon Kass

Work Brain Mind

There is a lot of hype and fear about this much-talked-about prospect of designer babies.~Leon Kass

Fear Hype Babies

Limits have to be set on how far one can simply use the... cleverness that we have to make changes.~Leon Kass

Changes Limits Far

The abortion controversy is important for what it says about our stance toward procreation and children altogether.~Leon Kass

Children Important

The benefits of biomedical progress are obvious, clear, and powerful. The hazards are much less well appreciated.~Leon Kass

Progress Powerful Clear

Cloning looks like a degrading of parenthood and a perversion of the right relation between parents and children.~Leon Kass

Children Parents Right

It's very hard to make arguments about the effects of cloning on family relations if family relations are in tatters.~Leon Kass

Family Cloning Hard

The neuroscience area - which is absolutely in its infancy - is much more important than genetics.~Leon Kass

Important Genetics More

Biology, meaning the science of all life, is a late notion.~Leon Kass

Life Science Late

I have nothing against respecting people who lived before, but we have no responsibility toward them.~Leon Kass

Respect Responsibility

I've been opposed to human cloning from the very beginning.~Leon Kass

Beginning Human Cloning

If one is seriously interested in preventing reproductive cloning, one must stop the process before it starts.~Leon Kass

Process Seriously Stop

Once you put human life in human hands, you have started on a slippery slope that knows no boundaries.~Leon Kass

Life Hands Human Life

One should proceed with caution. We may simply not be wise enough to do some of the kinds of engineering things that people are talking about doing.~Leon Kass

Wise May People

There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.~Leon Kass

World Improve Wanting

We may simply not be wise enough to do some of the kinds of engineering things that people are talking about doing.~Leon Kass

Wise May People

In the case of abortion, one pits the life of the fetus against the interests of the pregnant woman.~Leon Kass

Life Woman Abortion

Nobody knew in advance that in vitro fertilization would be, by and large, safe.~Leon Kass

Nobody Safe Would