Monday, March 25, 2013

Scientists want to bring 22 animals back from extinction

Article here. In my opinion science should occupy itself with interesting and useful things to help humankind evolve, not just "pulling shit because they can."
They chose the animals using the following criteria: Are the species desirable – do they hold an important ecological function or are they beloved by humans?
Okay to the first - and good luck with that cause I'm sure it's a bit more complicated than *respawn & transport here and it all works out*, but "are they beloved by humans?" Science, ladies and gentlemen. At the bottom of the post are two related TED talks, I don't really care enough to watch them myself though and all I can think of is Umbrella Corp creating genetic clusterfucks.
"I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility... for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it."
"The complete lack of humility for nature that's being displayed here is staggering."
"Yeah but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could they didn't stop to think if they should."
"God help us we're in the hands of engineers."
 These are all quotes by Dr. Ian Malcolm, if you don't realize who he is, this next quote should help:
"God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs." Dr. Ian Malcolm
"Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth." Dr. Ellie Sattler

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