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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog

We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.

"How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder?" -Carl Sagan (1934-)

Good question, my friend. The News Gods smiled on me today and provided an article just screaming for a comment. The scientists admit they don't even know what really separates humans from our closest relatives, morally speaking, or how to measure any cognitive changes they might induce in an ape, monkey or other non-human primate. Whoa! So let's say you smear your stem cells on the chimp's brain. A couple years later it starts to speak Tagalog (insert language here). It falls in love and has a concept of itself. Well now what? Usually we save our discussions for what is alive/dead but here it comes in another form--what is a human? As I said in a previous post, we (as a society) can't be trusted. Here we go tampering with nature again. I guess my real question is this: What will happen first, the mass production of hybrid cars or the mass production of hybrid "people"?

Brain Pills
Roe v. Wade
Stem Cells
Stem Cell Fight!
Bearing Right
Moral Monkey?
Dave's site
Stem Stall
Bush the hypocrite

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