Tag Archives: transhumanism

Whatever Creatures Will Be Next

Ultimately I think I disagree with President Bush’s ban on federally funded stem cell research using new stem lines. Obama has since overturned the ban, so the issue is now mute.

But I was am still disgusted by those who took the issue lightly. President Bush correctly saw very frightening possibilities, and erred on the side of the precautionary principle.

We can now steer animals with joysticks.

How long before we can steer mammals with this? Humans? Whatever creatures will be next?

Animal Rights

AFP: Uganda chimps at forefront of pharmaceutical research

Ugandan and French scientists have for months been observing the behaviour of a group of chimpanzees whose uncanny aptitude for self-medication could help their human cousins discover new drugs.

E-Wire: Congress guarantees sanctury for retired medical research chimps

The Jane Goodall Institute hailed Wednesday’s signing into law of the Chimp Haven is Home Act, a bill that will ensure chimpanzees living in sanctuary after years of medical research in government-funded facilities will not be returned to the labs. The bill was passed in the final days of the session before Congress adjourned for the holiday recess.

Reuters: Chimps calculate as well as some uni students

Both chimps and humans typically answered within one second and with a similar level of accuracy.

The research follows the finding by Japanese researchers earlier this month that young chimpanzees performed better than human adults at a memory game.

Would it be fair to saw that chimps are not so much beasts as really, really stupid and really, really immature (and perhaps soulless)?