Originally posted by asmeone2
I disagree with you, it is already proven how certain chemicals in the brain or in the body and genetic elements can predispose people to certain
SO if we tinker too much, intentionally or not, we could seriously alter "what is inside."
For instance what if you created a person who could not feel sadness, by altering his genetics so that he doesn't recognize the chemicals that make a
person feel it?
This peson would probably not know happiness, either, since he doesn't know the alternative, so you have drastically changed his soul.
then we don't actually disagree at all :-)
because - this is exactly what I meant by what's important is what's on the inside - meaning - the self - the identity - what it is that makes us
what it means to be a person
what it means to be aware - consciousness
what it means to have a soul
this is where I would draw my line - if I were allowed to draw one
but, if it were really up to me - I'd also have to ask - is being human really so important - or is being sentient alone important?
or, is awareness even important at all? (I personally think it is)
so, I agree with you - we could alter the very most basic parts of what it means to be human
our problems are all going to revolve around determining where does the self begin and where does it end? And what parts of what exists between
beginning and ending are of value - and which are not
if you are born with a tendency towards depression - or with a congenital defect of some kind - do we not correct that if possible - or are we morally
and ethically obliged to leave what you're born with alone?
Is any suffering that occurs as the result of your DNA considered sacred somehow? Untouchable?
Or, do we opt to tinker? Help that person find at least relative happiness? How do we decide what that even is? As individuals - or in groups?
Is a person who isn't whole - by the standards that the group considers to be whole - less of a person?
Ask the Nazis.
if it were possible to extend my life, or improve the condition of my life by replacing parts, creating new parts - altering my DNA - any of it - is
that in and of itself wrong if I'm still me in the end?
but, what if by doing that it means you have to use parts/resources from other living creatures - where do their rights begin and end?
what if we clone so we have those resources? Right or wrong?
this is where we're heading - into a mass of unanswered questions - which become very relevant and absolutely necessary to answer.
because now - we have a potentially unlimited ability to tinker
but, we're still working on the age old questions of who and what we really are