I hope I am able to embed this video.Â If you are unfamiliar with TedTalks, it is TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a U.S private nonprofit foundation best known for its conferences, now held in Europe and Asia as well as the U.S., devoted to what it calls “ideas worth spreading”. …
I was familiar with a little of the genetic “engineering” that goes on, but not to this extent.Â Mr. Wolpe suggests that we take a close look at our ethical responsibility regarding what we are already able to do, and what we will be able to do in the future.
“Paul Root Wolpe examines the ethical implications of new science — genetic modification, neuroscience and other breakthroughs that stretch our current philosophy to the breaking point. He’s the chief bioethicist at NASA, among other appointments.
Paul Root Wolpe directs the Center for Ethics at Emory University,Â where he works on the biggest issues most of us face in our life-long ethical journey: death and dying, new reproductive technologies, and new medical and scientific breakthroughs that are not covered in our traditional ethics (what would the Bible say about growing a human ear on a mouse?).
He’s also the chief bioethicist at NASA, where he advises on the medical experiments that happen during space travel.”
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This is fascination and I am sure will one day be useful technology but at the moment to my mind it a a freak show. Bio ethics has run amok, we are playing god and where does that end?
We are always trying to improve the world through science and I think the motivation is usually for the greater good. It seems to me though, that we either do not think through the ramifications or we are unable to see the long term effects of our actions. There are no simple answers. I don’t want to throw out all of science but it is frightening to think about some of the implications here. It seems to me that we are moving forward so fast on some things like bio-engineering and yet we can’t figure out how to fix our economy or our health system. What good is it going to do us to be able to order designed pets and children if we can’t feed and educate the children who are already here. I wish the minds that are able to do this kind of work were putting all their intellectual power towards solving those problems.
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