Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Shards of Frozen Air

Sometimes I like to imagine my cats are deadly beasts, and I try to figure out how to escape the apartment (or, alternatively, make it under the covers to wait until they fall asleep) without being eaten. Alas, when I make a dash for either, they tend to figure it out and chase me like mad demons. Perhaps this is the sort of thing that often goes on in cat brains....

An interesting issue brought up in British politics - Gordon Brown was criticised for suggesting creation of human-"animal" hybrids (admixes) to harvest cells from. As I understand, the background of the issue is this: It is legally and/or morally unacceptable in Britain to create humans that would fill that role. Instead, the nucleus of a human cell is deposited into a cell from another animal that has its nucleus removed, and that makes a viable cell that is allowed to grow for harvesting. Unless I am misunderstanding something, admixes don't really serve a purpose:Human DNA is largely what makes us who we are - while there is mitochondrial DNA too, and this makes a small part of who we are, what's essentially being done is an ethical shell game, creating human cells that are not being called fertilised shells, with some tweaks. If it is unacceptable to use fertilised human eggs for this purpose, it should be unacceptable to use admixes (note that this is indeed an "if" for me) - it seems in fact the worst of all possible worlds to allow this type of thinking to continue - what we call human rights, I hold, should be tied to sufficiently advanced mental function - we would be creating a monstrous society if we ever treated beings of similar or greater intelligence to us - clones or AIs, as slaves or lesser beings.

In other news, I am a complete flake and can't in fact come to solid conclusions about anything. Thinking about fitting neatly back into a life not much unlike the one I wrapped up at the end of January now scares the hell out of me. Talking more with the company I turned down on salary bits is very tempting. Damnit! Complete and utter flake. Maybe I really do need a change of pace, and maybe that really is more important. How can I reasonably plan my life when what I want to do can swing around like this?


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