Hello again all,
This ‘campfire chat’ was inspired by something I read in a peer-reviewed journal; coincidentally, that evening I saw a major network series talking about the topic.
There are a number of scientists around the world working together in an attempt to resurrect a species that has been extinct for about 13.000 years. This represents a giant leap in our technological abilities, and also introduces an ethical dilemma.
Remember how I said this blog might offend your sensibilities? If you’re a conservationist, environmentalist, or a human being living on this planet, you’re potentially going to get upset in a moment.
Back to the ethical dilemma.
If the researchers succeed in bringing a cloned wooly mammoth back to life, it would be awe-inspiring. Imagine seeing a wooly mammoth mucking about in your favorite patch of grasslands. I would be awe-struck. Now, if scientists can resurrect a species that has been extinct for millennia, then what’s to stop them making clones of more recently extinct animals?
If we can effectively re-create a species, what is the motivation to conserve them in the first place? It becomes a case of, “Whoops, I killed off the last of the [insert species here]. Meh, let’s make some new ones.”
– C. R.