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Post by SKQ62 on Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:12 pm

rastari wrote:like fox hunting

That's a whole different issue entirely.
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Post by twaters on Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:28 pm

John Forseti wrote:Government research wouldn't be less good or ineffective, but the fact that it was funded from the tax payer's purse would weigh the projects down with tighter scrutiny and so on, making it slower and more expensive. Imagine a fire & brimstone type catholic politician on the stem-cell research committee.

So we should ignore morality in science to make it more efficient?
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Post by Taytaz on Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:29 pm

committees should accuratelt represent the demographic of the community
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Post by Nemo Mobilis on Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:46 pm

I thnk morality and science are a hard thing to work through. Scientists are notorious for working on something and never once asking "is this right?" it is always "can I do it?" I want science reasonably unfettered, but I am petrified they will make genetic manipulation widely available and the de facto way to go in child birth. i shudder at a culture of people who can take thier baby and say "I want them to have green eyes, have the potetnial strength of Arnold Schwarzeneggar, lungs like an olympic swimmer and the mental acuity and disposition of a nobel laureate in physics." It would be wonderful to be able to say "my baby will not have down syndrome, or be crippled for life" but if it was a choice between that and the possibility of genetic super people taking over I'll take handicapped.
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Post by John Forseti on Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:34 am

twaters wrote:
John Forseti wrote:Government research wouldn't be less good or ineffective, but the fact that it was funded from the tax payer's purse would weigh the projects down with tighter scrutiny and so on, making it slower and more expensive. Imagine a fire & brimstone type catholic politician on the stem-cell research committee.

So we should ignore morality in science to make it more efficient?

There's a difference between oversight and being outright opposed to the idea.

Nemo Mobilis wrote:I shudder at a culture of people who can take thier baby and say "I want them to have green eyes, have the potetnial strength of Arnold Schwarzeneggar, lungs like an olympic swimmer and the mental acuity and disposition of a nobel laureate in physics." It would be wonderful to be able to say "my baby will not have down syndrome, or be crippled for life" but if it was a choice between that and the possibility of genetic super people taking over I'll take handicapped.

If you made it compulsory then after two or three generations there wouldn't be any genetic super people, as everyone would be a genetic super person. Wouldn't that be nice? Twisted Evil
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