CultureMar 07, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
In a recent tweet, Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and self-described "good-humoured ridiculer of religion", expressed his interest in trying "human meat", which researchers may soon be able to manufacture from cell lines, in order to “overcome our taboo” against cannibalism.
Tissue culture “clean meat” already in 2018? I’ve long been looking forward to this.https://t.co/p41NR3NEZn— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 3, 2018
What if human meat is grown? Could we overcome our taboo against cannibalism? An interesting test case for consequentialist morality versus “yuck reaction” absolutism.
As a devout atheist, Dawkins rejects the concept of the sanctity of human life as “speciesist,” and discriminatory against animals. If humans are merely a mass of carbon molecules, there is no ethical issue with cannibalism, though Dawkins failed to specify if human meat eaten straight from the source was equally acceptable.
Dawkins is no stranger to stirring the pot of bioethics and has, in past publications, advocated for the creation of a human/chimp hybrid creature as a means to prove that humans are not special.
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