Chimeras: The creation, the ethics, and where to draw the line 45 replies

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aaronpmc

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#41 14 years ago

*Right or wrong the future will decide how it is handled* But does that make sense? Does culture just create values as time goes by? As it says in evolution,whatever survives is all that matters? Is there a moral base? I'm just curious for those who believe in evoulution how this works?




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#42 14 years ago
While some forms of chimeras could be helpful to perform certain tasks

But the interpretation of which tasks merit the creation of chimeras will be a strong friction point. The jobs you believe are important but too difficult for a conventional human to perform might be far different from those other people see as logical. Imagine a human-tick chimera (if it is possible, most scientists believe ticks cannot possibly have high mentalities because there is simply not enough cell-space in their brains). The possibility of creating such a creature aside, one faction might advocate their creation to aid in medical procedures, for insance, but others may believe they will be used to spy and interpret their creation as a threat. The 'certain tasks' that you suggest is a very ambiguous categorization, because of the possible viewpoints of involved parties.




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#43 14 years ago

One thing about the 'bioengineering to get rid of diseases' idea. It generally is not a good idea to screw around with genes unless you know EXACTLY what to do. Some diseaes are related to immune system, so if you boost that through normal means, then you can cure those diseaes (like MS, which occurs a lot more in 'cleaner' countries, like Sweden or Costa Rica, then in 'dirty' countries, like most of Central America and Central Africa). Most diseaes can either be isolated,or a vaccine can be found. Use those instead of trying to screw around with genes.




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#44 14 years ago
Pb2AuBut the interpretation of which tasks merit the creation of chimeras will be a strong friction point. The jobs you believe are important but too difficult for a conventional human to perform might be far different from those other people see as logical. Imagine a human-tick chimera (if it is possible, most scientists believe ticks cannot possibly have high mentalities because there is simply not enough cell-space in their brains). The possibility of creating such a creature aside, one faction might advocate their creation to aid in medical procedures, for insance, but others may believe they will be used to spy and interpret their creation as a threat. The 'certain tasks' that you suggest is a very ambiguous categorization, because of the possible viewpoints of involved parties.

Every change is going to meet opposition and debate to determine whether it is right or not. Nothing unusual.




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#45 14 years ago
debate to determine whether it is right or not

We know that, that's why this thread is here: so we can debate to determine whether it is right or not. So, Apprentice, what do you think some of the necessary rules and regulations should be when chimeras begin to be created?




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#46 14 years ago
Pb2AuWe know that, that's why this thread is here: so we can debate to determine whether it is right or not. So, Apprentice, what do you think some of the necessary rules and regulations should be when chimeras begin to be created?

We will have prevent slavery from reestablishing itself. These "chimeras" are just people in different forms, so they should have the same responsibilities and rights of any other citizen. Also, these creations will have to be humane. We can't let scientists create some horrible monstrosity just for the hell of it (Imagine what it would be like to live in a hideous form!). I don't have enough background knowledge in this field to give an educated opinion on this, however. Standardization will be essential. There should be "species" of chimera. If there are lots of other beings like yourself around, you will feel more normal and less like a bizzarre creature. Also, human people will be more able to adapt to interacting with these beings.