So it only remains to answer the question whether stem cell research should be allowed or discontinued. Having given the matter careful consideration I've decided that it should be discontinued until such time as proposals are received which demonstrate without doubt that it can be conducted in such a way as removes any potential for harm.
As things stand we have unnatural procedures being conducted without informed consent which run the risk of harm and as such are immoral. Applying the formula I = u+h all such programmes should be discontinued straight away. IVF is known to have been harmful to many victims of the procedures so that should obviously go the same way.
I think all medical procedures should be halted, on the same grounds. Indeed, all technological and scientific enterprises should not only be halted, but reversed. Why just yesterday on the local news there was a story of a little girl who started sucking on an iPod charger while it was connected to a computer, and she was shocked so powerfully that her heart stopped beating and apparently she will have permanent brain damage. So much for electricity. Cars . . . how much damage do cars do? Railroads? Look what they have done to the peacefulness of country living. Clothing? If you've ever been in a sweatshop you'll understand the danger. Fire? Just think about it. Cave dwelling? How many of our paleolithic ancestors died spelunking we'll never know.
No, it's back to nature red in tooth and claw. But that sounds pretty dangerous too. So maybe we ought to give up self-consciousness, self-awareness, providential thought . . . . all those unnatural characteristics that define the human. Yessiree.
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just yesterday on the local news there was a story of a little girl who started sucking on an iPod charger while it was connected to a computer, and she was shocked so powerfully that her heart stopped beating and apparently she will have permanent brain damage.
The challenge is to devise a basis for separating acceptable from unacceptable behaviour as opposed to allowing everything or disallowing everything. I've got the iPod charger down as harnessing natural resources and the little girl's experience with it as an unfortunate preventable accident.
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