Lab-grown steaks nearing the menu
This is just a follow-up on a previous post about lab grown fish meat. The project, aimed to produce meat for long space voyages, also has potential for payoff here on earth. But this last paragraph really gets me thinking:
“One researcher recalls a student, a vegan, who asked if she could just biopsy herself, grow up a steak and eat it. If you want to eat truly victimless meat, perhaps it is time to put yourself on the menu.”
I wonder how that would be interpreted by anti-cannibalism laws? Furthermore, I wonder if it might not me more efficient (and possibly safer) to eat human meat… after all, wouldn’t human meat, unlike that of other species such as chicken or cow, come pre-designed with just about all the stuff the human body needs in the right proportions? And how would your average “moral” vegetarians (as opposed to religious ones with a god to hide behind) justify not eating lab-meat when no animal is harmed in the making of that meat?
So eat me! I bet I taste good!
The Case for the Empire
A few days ago, I posted a link to an excellent sociological review of Lord of the Rings where David Brin produces a dissonant interpretation. Brin also brought in a number of parallels with Star Wars, again with a counter-argument against the Rebellion. Brin’s review reminded me of an older review of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones where the author makes a strong argument that Lucas got it all backwards — Is the Empire actually the good guys and Luke Skywalker and company just a band of evil anarchists?
J.R.R. Tolkien — enemy of progress
One of the best Sci-Fi authors alive, David Brin, puts forth some hard criticism for Lord of the Rings.
Now ponder something that comes through even the party-line demonization of a crushed enemy — this clear-cut and undeniable fact: Sauron’s army was the one that included every species and race on Middle Earth, including all the despised colors of humanity, and all the lower classes.
Hmm. Did they all leave their homes and march to war thinking, “Oh, goody, let’s go serve an evil Dark Lord”?
Link courtesy of Sobit.