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Banning science because of racist origins

I was looking for 'the best atlas of human anatomy', and I found that one of the top books ever written in medicine is the 'Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy' by Eduard Pernkopf is no longer available in the market. BANNED :-(

Yes he was wrong and unethical when he used the bodies of more than 800 victim of the nazi terror, spending two decades in dissecting corpses and letting a team of artists draw. But that finished. It is done. What is left is the science and knowledge he discovered.

Do you think that banning the knowledge in this book from the public is the right decision?

Shouldn't we take the knowledge discovered a step further and discover new facts in an ethical way?

Should other books be banned because of their history or background?

Is banning scientific books like this better than banning the books, websites, video's...etc that tell the history of the terror of the Nazis? (there are thousands online and in different languages)

Are we being ethical by banning historic achievements? ( we don't have to promote them, only present and make them available)

Isn't it more ethical to stop the wars that WE CREATE all around the world? (dead people are burnt, burried, 'thrown in the sea (political rumour) .....etc

To all of those who participated in this debate: Thank you very much!!

Some members deleted their comments, so I did the same.
However, I have copied the full conversation to an MS Word document (42 comments)
I may also delete the whole conversation before it gets closed (unless you ask me not to do that)

Again, Thank you for your participation! I appreciate your ideas and thoughts

Critical thinker AND PROUD :P


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    Nov 23 2011: .
    I agree these types of documents should not be banned. Knowledge is knowledge. Certainly, you don't want to encourage unethical scientific practices, but once the knowledge is out there, keeping it from people could do more harm than good.

    It's not like banning this is teaching that dead Nazi guy a lesson or anything! The same way punishing current USC athletes for what former students did is going to do any real good there.

    Having said that. There is something to be said about upholding a certain set of principles as a people. For instance, if you ran a charitable organization, would you accept a large donation knowing that it came from an organized crime syndicate? I realize that is a flawed example, but you get the idea. Allowing this type of thing can be a violation of our core principles, so I see where they are coming from.

    I would be very interested to know who banned that though. Was it your local library, Amazon.com, your government?

    Good topic by the way. Thanks.

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