Over at BeliefNet, talking about the ethics of surgical body modification.
One of the Templeton fellows today gave a presentation about transgender Christians and the church. During the Q&A, someone in our group put forth a question that hadn't occurred to me, concerning this issue. If we accept that people who claim that they need to have sex reassignment surgery to make their bodies conform to who they believe they truly are, then on what basis do we deny people who claim that they need to have one or more limbs amputated to feel whole their moral and/or legal right to the desired surgery?Indeed.
And at Perlo II: philosophy and literature, introducing some Science to Arts majors. Which seems to be going remarkably smoothly, even though it's rather like the test described in Parkinson's Law Chapter 5:
They will finally be invited to try their eloquence on a Baptist Congress, the object being to induce those present to rock and roll. Those who fail will be liquidated.