When science looks at sex
Letter to the Editor | Thursday, March 22, 2007
As a part of the Progressive Student Alliance’s Week of Action, Dr. Timothy Murphy will be speaking about the biology and ethics of homosexuality tonight at 8 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium at the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies. Our views of human sexuality are often influenced solely by religion or the norms of our culture. Opinions rarely are informed by scientific, objective views. The discussion often is based on faith, but not reason. While I do not believe that science alone can answer all of society’s questions, I am sure that it is a necessary part of the answer. Just as society asks clergy and theologians about homosexuality, society should also turn to scientists to provide their answers. I hope that Dr. Murphy’s lecture will provide some answers to ethical questions about human sexuality research and offer a different perspective to the discussion.