Now that we know life is a chemical reaction and not divine creation, does that some how make life less special? I think scientists have lost their empathy for living creatures when they think of life as only a cheap tool to manipulate, and to produce useful proteins. What do you think?
Yes for me it is a question of bioethics.
I agree. Through out history humanity has charged forward with little reguard to cause and effect. Science along with corporate capitalism has not always acted in a responsible manner and as a result the whole of humanity is faced with some terrible problems.
I think we have reached a point in science where we can no longer disreguard cause and effect or rush to market for profit genetically engineered life untill we have a full understanding of all the variables and consequences.
Life is 'special' only in the sense that it is more than a sum of its parts. But then again, so are most things. The human body is more than the sum of its internal organs, the earth is more than a sum of its individual peculiarities, and the solar system is more than a sum of the individual celestial objects.
As for ethics, I don't find myself too worried that we will decend into a state of moral mayhem. To me it appears we are becoming increasingly ethical as we develop and science progresses. I was the first child born to my family where my mother avoided cigarettes and alcohol during pregnancy. 35 years ago this was not concidered to be bad, but 30 years ago it was. Today we find it repugnant to see a smoking pregnant women. (I could probably write a book filled with similar evidence.)
The presentor is quite obvious in showing his opinion about the subject of which he is talking about, but he does not give any reasoning behind why what he percieves as wrong is wrong. He only makes statements and ask questions, and there are absolutely no conclusions except "We have a great responsibility."
After his statement "before too long we can create humans which glow in the dark (long pause for dramatic effect)", I find myself wondering 'So what?'. What specifically is unethical about glowing in the dark? Or genetetically engineer away childhood blindness? If we can supercharge intellect, why not? As for results which would be detrimental to society, there is already a tool in place to avoid such things. It's called the Law.