[extropy-chat] frozen in fire
benboc at lineone.net
Sun Jan 21 20:35:13 UTC 2007
Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> >Ah, kids are such ethical problems! Trolleys
> >running down branching tracks, brains in jars and frozen embryos in
> >burning IVF labs are so much more manageable!
>That last one caught my attention. Is this a current ethicsbiz
>gedanken? How many frozen embryos would you need to "save" at the
>cost of your own life? Are you morally obliged to perish in the fire
>if you can throw out (to safety) no more than one poor shivering
>blastocyst, which probably won't implant successfully anyway given
>current tech? If not, how many do you need to save? I like this >reductio.
I don't know if this is what Anders is referring to, but i've used that
scenario in a question about the 'Pro-life' (what a misnomer!) attitude,
posed as a dilemma involving a burning lab, an unconscious scientist
about to be burnt to death, and a canister full of frozen embryos. You
can only save one, which would it be? Some people actually think this is
an ethical dilemma.
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