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Bioethics

Postby nathrakh » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:57 am

Thought it would be interesting to get people's opinions on things like biotechnology, genetic engineering, cloning etc. Do you think humans should fuse themselves with machines/computers at some point?

some related links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioethics

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/artic ... 99,00.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_root_wolp ... ering.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/harvey_fineber ... ution.html
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Re: Bioethics

Postby nathrakh » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:11 am

Damjan Pasarić wrote:GM foods? Not really sure.
I like my tomato natural.
If it feeds the poor..eh..hm... slippery slope.

Isn't most of our food already genetically modified? Also, how is that a slippery slope?
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Re: Bioethics

Postby nathrakh » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:26 am

Damjan Pasarić wrote:Well not in Croatia. Don't know about Cali but here we don't have much GM food.

Yeah lol don't mind me, I wasn't thinking.
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Re: Bioethics

Postby nathrakh » Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:34 am

Damjan Pasarić wrote:lol no I think you were thinking and you are thinking good.

And about the food, well Croatia may not have much to show except the coastline and some history but we sure as hell do have some good natural food and clean water.

That's what I meant. I meant that I wasn't thinking straight in assuming that your practices/laws are the same as mine. I had the mindset that I was talking to another U.S. citizen. It was wrong to assume that just because our food is mostly GM that yours would be too. Lol throwing us off topic sorry
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Re: Bioethics

Postby rrazputin » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:40 pm

Transhumanism is necessary. Every species that has ever gone extinct has done so because it failed to adapt to rapid changes in it's habitat. Humans, however, posses the ability to artificially adapt ourselves. This is something that is necessary to the survival of our species. It is an concept of terrifying magnitude at first, but I take comfort in it.
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Re: Bioethics

Postby ex nihilo » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:56 pm

Why not.

At first I was a bit skeptical of GM, but I'm better with it now. There are still a lot of problems however that needed to be looked at before puting them on the market.

As for the rest, sure. Sounds fun.
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Re: Bioethics

Postby ex nihilo » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:57 pm

rrazputin wrote:Transhumanism is necessary. Every species that has ever gone extinct has done so because it failed to adapt to rapid changes in it's habitat. Humans, however, posses the ability to artificially adapt ourselves. This is something that is necessary to the survival of our species. It is an concept of terrifying magnitude at first, but I take comfort in it.


I well thought out comment I must say friend. :D
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Re: Bioethics

Postby jytheitguy » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:00 am

nathrakh wrote:Thought it would be interesting to get people's opinions on things like biotechnology, genetic engineering, cloning etc. Do you think humans should fuse themselves with machines/computers at some point?

some related links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioethics

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/artic ... 99,00.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_root_wolp ... ering.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/harvey_fineber ... ution.html


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Re: Bioethics

Postby jytheitguy » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:04 am

nathrakh wrote:
Damjan Pasarić wrote:GM foods? Not really sure.
I like my tomato natural.
If it feeds the poor..eh..hm... slippery slope.

Isn't most of our food already genetically modified? Also, how is that a slippery slope?


You're quite right. The tomatoes we eat today aren't the same as the ones the Romans consumed.

Also, google up what corn actually "should" look like. It didn't originally have huge kernels like it does now.
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