Wow! Also, Helsinki seems to be something of an incubator for discussions of rights.
Based on the principle of the equal treatment of all persons;
Recognizing that scientific research gives us deeper insights into the complexities of cetacean minds, societies and cultures;
Noting that the progressive development of international law manifests an entitlement to […]
You can’t make this stuff up. In Scientific American, Eric Michael Johnson tells the sad story of Russian physiologist Il’ya Ivanov’s efforts to cross-breed humans with anthropoid apes. Ivanov was not planning to make super-soldiers, nor was he up to any comic book scale medical mischief. As is so often the case, Ivanov just wanted […]
Roscoe G. Bartlett lays out his case:
We also know more about the consequences of invasive research on the animals themselves. Biomedical procedures that are simple when performed on humans often require traumatizing restraint of chimpanzees to protect human researchers from injury, as chimpanzees are five times stronger than humans. For instance, acquiring a […]
Paul Raven makes a bold case against boosting animal intelligence:
Because they are not us. We are related, certainly, this much is inescapable, but a chimpanzee is not a human being, and to insist that uplift is a moral duty is to enshrine the inferiority-to-us of the great apes, not to sanctify their uniqueness. This […]
Lee Gale of The Guardian discusses one of my favorite oddities of language – the collective noun – and how words like a “wisdom” of owls or a “battalion” of falcons don’t always make it in to the dictionary.
“Collective nouns are treated no differently from any other word,” explains Catherine Soanes, head of […]
Scientific American has a fun sub-blog by Charles Q. Choi entitled Too Hard for Science? He interviewed IEET Fellow David Brin on animal uplift. Brin outlines the problem:
Any attempt to begin such work would encounter furious opposition from animal rights groups, and not without some reason,” Brin says. “The initial and intermediate stages […]
When a headline in Nature is “Telomerase reverses aging process” you know there has been some serious headway:
Mice engineered to lack the enzyme, called telomerase, become prematurely decrepit. But they bounced back to health when the enzyme was replaced. The finding, published online today inNature1, hints that some disorders characterized by early […]
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