Discussion of the Presidential Biomedical Committee
On January 17th, 2002, a group of scientists from the Presidential Biomedical Committee carried out a session entitled “Science and the Pursuit of Perfection”, based on studying of a short story of Nathaniel Hawthorne “The Birth-Mark”. This discussion proved to be very interesting and professional. An ensemble of experts has been analyzing the story not from only medical or biomedical points of view, but also from the positions of psychiatry, psychology, etc. They even addressed to historical outlines when talking about science of ancient Greeks. There are almost no points throughout the discussion, which I would disagree with. Especially, I liked the line in these debates, initiated by Prof. Meilaender. The participants have been discussing the contrasts between scientist Aylmer and his “earthly” assistant Aminadab, and the conclusion was: even “animal nature” has better intuition and can understand danger and worthlessness of human involving into “God’s business”.