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Against Dr Panglum

Enlightenment humanists need to fight the postmodern culture that views us as a mere genetically or culturally programmed zombies

By Raymond Tallis   February 2001

There is no question more interesting, important and emotionally charged than what it is to be human. The unswerving commitment of many leading intellectuals over the last 100 years to promoting an utterly debased account of human nature is therefore profoundly depressing. We are told that a human being is not such a fine thing after all; that men and women are beasts (and beastly beasts at that); or that they are well-nigh unconscious automata, culturally or genetically programmed to further their own interests or those of their genes.

Vehemently anti-humanist views, once the preserve of far-right misanthropes such as…

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