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The ethics of resurrecting extinct species


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Poll: Is it ethical? (29 member(s) have cast votes)

Is it ethical?

  1. Yes (19 votes [65.52%])

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  2. No (10 votes [34.48%])

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#31    Myles

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:37 PM

They should absolutely attempt to bring back any animal they want.    I would love to see it.  It's no more "playing God" than giving a person CPR to revive them.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:50 PM

Given that I just took my son to see the rerelease of Jurassic Park, I would say beware the law of unintended consequences. We silly humans cannot fully control the world around us.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:12 PM

They went extinct of some reason. I can;t see bring back a Mammoth or a T rex or any thing that is long gone

Edited by wolfknight, 10 April 2013 - 02:14 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:27 PM

View Postmoonshadow60, on 09 April 2013 - 08:09 PM, said:

"i think that it would be a great idea, people would be able to go to zoos and see animals for how they really were, we all get shown images of what people said they looked like but no one knows for sure."

And that is exactly why it wouldn't be a good thing.  To be brought back and gawked at for your entire life behind bars as a prisoner, never to know freedom.  I hate zoos.




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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:39 PM

Some Muslim cultures still allow the male to rape, torture, and kill his daughters, and wife. They are considered his possessions.
No we are not ready for cloning and bringing back the extinct is not working with evolution.  That's just my thoughts. If this came to fruition it could/would be very evil!


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

View Postwolfknight, on 10 April 2013 - 02:12 PM, said:

They went extinct of some reason. I can;t see bring back a Mammoth or a T rex or any thing that is long gone

I think if they were hunted to extinction or that humans had a hand in the decline in their numbers, we should do something to bring them back as long as they can still assimilate into nature without disrupting another species' food supply/habitat.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:06 PM

View PostMantis914, on 10 April 2013 - 04:57 PM, said:

I think if they were hunted to extinction or that humans had a hand in the decline in their numbers, we should do something to bring them back as long as they can still assimilate into nature without disrupting another species' food supply/habitat.


As i said, look at what we have done to Wolves. Wolves were and always have been part of the ecological system. People are to stupid to realize this, and decided re-introducing wolves was wrong. Even though we were the ones that killed them off in the first place. The food chain had its balance, and still does with wolves, a natural one. Humans are to selfish to play with life.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:41 PM

View PostMantis914, on 10 April 2013 - 04:57 PM, said:

I think if they were hunted to extinction or that humans had a hand in the decline in their numbers, we should do something to bring them back as long as they can still assimilate into nature without disrupting another species' food supply/habitat.
I don't feel that should factor into it at all.   Do you think that so that somehow humans would have redeemed themselves a little?   Humans killed of species, natural disasters killed off species and creatures have killed off species.   It's funny that people will say nature killed off a species.   Humans are part of nature just like an asteroid is.  
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I say - Get rolling and let's get these species back.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:52 PM

It's irresponsible, but not that these corporate scientists actually care about anyone but their own highly inflated egos and the prestige that goes with it. I imagine most scientists would do anything just to win a Noble Peace Prize, regardless of the consequences or damage they create. It's absolutely idiotic bringing back something like a Woolly mammoth or Saber Tooth Tiger just to stick it in a zoo, which is immoral and unethical for various reasons and releasing them into the wild is also equally irresponsible, as they would probably devour everything in site and destroy the Eco system that other animals rely and depend on. They've had their time, mother nature got rid of them for a reason and has moved on. Human beings simply don't have the right to mess around with something we don't fully understand. If anything, it's our duty to protect and respect nature as it is today.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:43 PM

View PostAI Construct, on 10 April 2013 - 05:52 PM, said:

It's irresponsible, but not that these corporate scientists actually care about anyone but their own highly inflated egos and the prestige that goes with it. I imagine most scientists would do anything just to win a Noble Peace Prize, regardless of the consequences or damage they create. It's absolutely idiotic bringing back something like a Woolly mammoth or Saber Tooth Tiger just to stick it in a zoo, which is immoral and unethical for various reasons and releasing them into the wild is also equally irresponsible, as they would probably devour everything in site and destroy the Eco system that other animals rely and depend on. They've had their time, mother nature got rid of them for a reason and has moved on. Human beings simply don't have the right to mess around with something we don't fully understand. If anything, it's our duty to protect and respect nature as it is today.
I disagree.    The scientists are not doing anything wrong.   This would be an incredibly exciting field to be a part of right now.  Bringing back an extict animal!   I love it!
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

I don't think there is nothing wrong to bring back extinct species or caveman or etc but they are living so yes they have rights and freedoms and etc like regular people and animals today!!!one thing that concerns though is are they truly alive meaning do they have a "soul" or are they just empty vehicles or shells???but other than that its okay to bring them back to life.as long as science don't do nothing bad and evil on them or unethical


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:56 PM

View Postmysticwerewolf, on 10 April 2013 - 07:31 AM, said:

the more I think about this subject  the more I think NO it is neither ethical nor safe. Man decides to play god and brings something back, an example being a dodo ..but that specific  DNA donating creature died out due to a disease  oh lets say H29 N14 ( just pulling numbers and letters out of the air here people! )  that had embedded itself in the DNA of the extinct creature we  are bringing back, we can't ID it so don't know it's there and we are not immune to it because it was long gone before we ever got on this planet....... and because we don't know better so we bring back the  disease as well....... well you get the picture..... we may be intelligent but we are not  gods. we are humans  and every human makes a mistake at some point in his, her or It's life. we should not monkey with stuff  like this

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I don't think it works like that.... that a virus would be re-incarnated with the animal.

But, that does bring up a good point that every single one of us has symbiotic critters in us. That help us digest and process food into our bodies. Bringing back a complex animal like a dodo, or a saber-toothed cat, might just result in their dying quickly from not having the symbiotic critters that they need.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:58 PM

View PostAndromedan Starseed 333, on 10 April 2013 - 07:55 PM, said:

I don't think there is nothing wrong to bring back extinct species or caveman or etc but they are living so yes they have rights and freedoms and etc like regular people and animals today!!!one thing that concerns though is are they truly alive meaning do they have a "soul" or are they just empty vehicles or shells???but other than that its okay to bring them back to life.as long as science don't do nothing bad and evil on them or unethical
Animals have few rights. How many rights does a cow have? These animals would be the Property of the corporation that clones them. Property can be tortured to death if they want, or experimented on, or just killed and thrown into the dump.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:04 PM

View PostAI Construct, on 10 April 2013 - 05:52 PM, said:

It's irresponsible, but not that these corporate scientists actually care about anyone but their own highly inflated egos and the prestige that goes with it. I imagine most scientists would do anything just to win a Noble Peace Prize, regardless of the consequences or damage they create. It's absolutely idiotic bringing back something like a Woolly mammoth or Saber Tooth Tiger just to stick it in a zoo, which is immoral and unethical for various reasons and releasing them into the wild is also equally irresponsible, as they would probably devour everything in site and destroy the Eco system that other animals rely and depend on. They've had their time, mother nature got rid of them for a reason and has moved on. Human beings simply don't have the right to mess around with something we don't fully understand. If anything, it's our duty to protect and respect nature as it is today.
Mother nature is not the Master of Mankind. We create our own Nature everywhere we go. We make buildings and cities and alter the local terrain, plants, watershed, atmosphere and even the temperature of where we live. We build and build and build, and consider everything our property. This would include extinct cloned animals. They would be property and never given back to nature.

I think using a cloned animal to show their physiology alone would be a useful addition to science.

Those who claim Nature will take a cloned animal and Rise UP and lay low the Technological Elite.... have been watching to many cheap horror flicks. I don't know how many sheep, pigs and mice have been cloned, but there has yet to be an accident where the sheep were accidentally made carnivorous and they ate a whole village.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:20 PM

View PostDieChecker, on 10 April 2013 - 08:04 PM, said:

We create our own Nature everywhere we go.

So true, we also destroy it.

We also destroy it, bring it back, and destroy it again.

We are a cancer, a plague, a symbiotic creature.

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