Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams

By Florence Williams

Florence Williams - Breasts: A typical and Unnatural History

Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. yet within the sleek global, the breast is altering. Breasts are becoming greater, arriving previous and attracting newfangled chemical substances. more and more, the chances are stacked opposed to us within the fight with breast cancer–even between males. What makes breasts so mercurial–and so susceptible? The intrepid technology journalist Florence Williams units out to discover the newest technology from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medication. Her research follows the existence cycle of the breast from puberty to being pregnant to menopause. Endowed with a witty and inquisitive voice, Williams explores the place breasts got here from, the place they've got ended up, and what we will be able to do to avoid wasting them.

Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a contract author for the New York Times, New York occasions Magazine, New Republic and various different guides. Her paintings usually specializes in the surroundings, health and wellbeing and technological know-how. In 2007-2008, she used to be a Scripps Fellow on the heart of Environmental Journalism on the collage of Colorado.

'A needs to learn for proprietors and admirers alike.' North & South Magazine

'Florence Williams's double-D skills as a reporter and author carry this e-book excessive above the style and separate it from the ranks of standard technological know-how writing. Breasts is illuminating, fantastic, smart, very important. Williams is an writer to relish and glance ahead to.' Mary Roach

‘A brilliant and wonderful journey in the course of the evolution, biology and cultural facets of the organ that defines us as mammals!’ Susan Love MD writer of Dr Susan Love's Breast Book

‘I definitely didn't imagine i'll get pleasure from breasts greater than I already did. it is a actually awesome ebook! Written with humour and humanity, it really is crucial studying for someone wishing to appreciate the interesting intersections among own well-being, poisonous chemical compounds, western tradition and the scientific occupation. I couldn't positioned it down.’ Bruce Lourie, co-author, Slow loss of life via Rubber Duck

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The inference from the continuity between A and B to the conclusion that they are not fundamentally different, that is, is undermined only for those cases in which the property in virtue of which A and B differ greatly is one that can be acquired gradually, like extra hairs or shades of darkness, a little bit at a time. But surely most critics of abortion will reject this claim. They view the right to life as a categorical property: One either has it or one does not. If the defender of abortion wishes to challenge the critic on this point, then he may use this point of contention as a way to reject the slippery slope argument.

It simply means that it stands in need of justification. And in fact there are several ways in which critics of abortion have attempted to justify it. I will assume that the claim that a new human being comes to exist at the moment of conception is true. The question is whether this provides good reason to accept the claim that a human fetus has a right to life from the moment of its conception. One reason for thinking that it does might arise from the following consideration: Suppose that I asked you to go out and round up ten different individuals whom both defenders and critics of abortion alike would generally recognize as uncontroversial examples of individuals with a right to life.

There can, for example, be human fetuses with such severe deformities that they will never develop a brain capable of sustaining thought, or even any brain at all. These are human beings who have not even the capacity for functioning as a person and so are not persons on Schwarz’s definition of the term. One could, I suppose, characterize such a fetus as a person whose capacity for thought simply happens to be “blocked” by a contingent fact about its head. But then it is difficult to see why we should not also call the spider crawling up my window a person.

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