controversies & ethics
patrick at corona
Fri Feb 10 01:44:24 EST 1995
On 31 Jan 1995, Jared Roach wrote:
> 2) The human race as a whole (or national governments, or
> individuals) is slow to reach consensus on ethical issues (i.e.
> religion, abortion, the creation of new species, etc.) Science
> should slow its pace of discovery to allow Ethics to catch up.
I could never go along with this point. What, tell us all that we
should quit looking at this? Stop research concerning that? Take up a
new trade, like house painting? I do and will continue to study and learn
just as quickly as I am physically capable. I could never say, "well,
that result sure does point to a VERY exciting, very interesting, line of
research that would increase my understanding of x. Well, maybe I'll
just cool my jets and let it go for a decade or so. Sure don't want to
upset those who can't handle the fast pace of scientific understanding."
In any case, it is a pointless thought since if this or that or those
countries stopped research on x, then some other country or group would
take it up because there would be a possible economic boon tied to it.
If not us, then someone else. Humans have never and will never all agree
to the same extent on ANYTHING. I would go to any location that would
support what I am interested in researching, be it transgenics or gene
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