[extropy-chat] [Bioethics] Scholars debate whether to limit scientific research ???

Lifespan Pharma/Morris Johnson CTO megao at sasktel.net
Wed Jan 4 05:45:45 UTC 2006

This reminds me of an old superman comic from the 60's where Superman 
goes back to ancient Krypton
to a time when "Science was Forbidden".

There are many slants to this theme some sinister, some conspiracy 
theory oriented some ludditic,
some just plain idiotic in a savant sort of way, but all are extremely 
dangerous and worse than
any terrorist threat.

Perhaps we globalists should ask all the world's people including 
muslims and chinese and others
somewhat marginalized by the speakers referred to here just what is the 
best future for humankind.

I see this theme played out in Star trek recently in the theme relating 
to Dr Sung, creator to be of Data and L'or and
former proponent of transhuman genetic developed enhanced humans.

It really is time for a coalition of the Gates, Allan, Dell , Kurzweil  
sort  with help from Soros and perhaps Buffet
to use the type of hype fronted by De Grey to start "War Against Aging" 
with all the intensity of a Manhatten
project. With the anti-science people getting noisy, it's none too soon 
to hype the grass roots baby
boomers to match the effort out of pension funds and health care 
expenditures to make the industry click.

Bioethics my ass, its just a bunch of brainless dogs in the manger, 
pathetic but worse than  any lunatic terrorist.
Any group advocating the unnecesary death of 6 Billion sure as hell 
beats hand down the Nazis who only killed 6 Million.
Call'em out for the "brown shirts " they are.

Pardon my flame, but its time to put the fire out before it gets a 
chance to do significant damage.

Joseph Bloch wrote:

> December 29, 2005
>  Scholars debate whether to limit scientific research
> ASU’s College of Law Center for the Study of Law, Science, & 
> Technology will play host to a conference titled “Forbidding Science? 
> Balancing Freedom, Security, Innovation and Precaution” Jan. 12 – 13 
> in the College of Law’s Great Hall, located at the corner of Orange 
> Street and McAllister Avenue on the Tempe campus.
> The conference will explore whether scientific research should be 
> restricted – and, if so, how far “too far” might be.
> The first day of the conference will provide an overview of the legal 
> and policy questions, plus a discussion about the limitations of the 
> “right” to conduct scientific research. The second day’s events will 
> focus on three case studies involving emerging research controversies 
> in the areas of pathogens and toxins, nanotechnology and
> cognitive enhancement.
> “We have reached a point in human history where some of the scientific 
> research we could do, perhaps we should not do for safety, national 
> security or ethical reasons,” says Gary Marchant, executive director 
> of the center. “We therefore must choose, for the first time, which 
> science should be allowed, and which should not. How, and by whom, 
> such decisions should be made will be the focus of this timely and 
> path-breaking conference.”
> Among the distinguished conference scholars will be:
> • ASU President Michael Crow.
> • Leon Kass, Clark Harding Professor, Committee on Social Thought at 
> the University of Chicago.
> • Martin Redish, Louis & Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public 
> Policy at Northwestern University School of Law.
> George Poste, director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, will be the 
> keynote speaker.
> Along with ASU, the conference co-sponsors include the Biodesign 
> Institute; the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes; the Center 
> for Biology and Society; the Arizona Consortium for Medicine, Society 
> and Values; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; 
> the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics; and the American Bar 
> Association Section of Science and Technology Law.
> The conference, open to the public, welcomes all ASU faculty, staff 
> and students. There is no conference fee except for attorneys seeking 
> continuing legal education credits. Advance registration is requested.
> To register, go to the conference link at 
> (www.law.asu.edu/forbiddingscience). 
> <http://www.law.asu.edu/forbiddingscience>
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