The Logic Lifeline

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Japanese scientists setting us back millions of years

AP reports that Japanese researchers hope to produce offspring of the woolly mammoth using sperm from the frozen animals found in Siberia, and implanting it in modern descendants of the extinct animals, such as elephants. There are, of course, problems with degradation and radiation, but the scientists are hopeful that soon, they can overcome any obstacles.

Well, I'm confused. I thought that Darwin's sacred teaching of survival of the fittest proves that the modern descendants of the woolly mammoth are a better, stronger, higher species than their predecessors. In other words, if we reverse millions of years of natural selection by mixing the lower form with the higher, won't their offspring be a lower form of life than the modern species? How is that progress? If we seriously set back the evolutionary process after all these billions of years, are we jeopardizing delaying the next level of evolution by millions of years?

But I guess questioning the ethics of such a procedure is an inconsequential argument since there is no creator, no higher being controlling the universe, and therefore, no one to answer to for our actions. What's the difference whether we, as mankind, seek to alter the course of the most powerful cosmic force in the universe - the evolution of mankind by natural selection?


  • At 10:33 AM, Anonymous ghassan said…

    Human activity has reached such a scale that it is considered to have become a significant evolutionary force by changing habitats and causing extinctions.

    The efforts at using science to bring back extinct animals is more widespread than you think. There are at least two or three other major efforts at bringing back other specie. What is interesting is whether these animals will be able to adapt and survive in the current habitat unaided, provided the scientists succeed in bringing them back.

  • At 3:47 PM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    My son told me they're trying to bring back the qagga too, but I don't think it's the Japanese working on that one.

    How will the scientists know what habitat to release these new animals into? I mean, didn't their old habitat do them wrong? Wouldn't they just go extinct all over again?

    And if they get a new habitat, what will happen to the animals that are already there? Will we kill off perfectly good animals by introducing the old ones that couldn't survive?

    No, this is a bad idea, unless they just make a few wooly mammoths for petting zoos or something.


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