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Ygern's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by Ygern

It does require further thought, and very serious thought at that.

That said, the potential discoveries raise so many interesting, exciting and valuable questions and possibilities that I would argue that it is time for humans to seriously consider whether their squeamish gut-reactions to this subject are based in anything rational and justifiable; or whether such feelings need to be re-examined as reasonably and dispassionately as possible.

We've never witnessed any significant moral outrage at the interbreeding of horses and donkeys; so we really need to ask ourselves why we think this is so dramatically different.

This is not to say that I've convinced myself either one way of the other. But I'm trying to find a non-emotional response.

Sat, 10 Jan 2009 13:33:00 UTC | #301572