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Synthetic Life Discuss

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by Victor Medvil, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. Victor Medvil

    Victor Medvil The Human Shadow

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    This is a continuation of the Christian views on Scientific advancement, so there has been much work on synthetic life forms Bacteria,Viruses, and other creations which are purely synthetic. To Christians are these creatures unholy abominations that were created by man and not God, what are Christian views on synthetic life?

    Link 1 = Synthetic phages with programmable specificity

    Link 2 = Scientists Created Bacteria With a Synthetic Genome. Is This Artificial Life?

    Link 3 = https://www.electronicdesign.com/in...ot-swarms-may-be-coming-sooner-than-you-think

    Link 4 = Living robots built using frog cells: Tiny 'xenobots' assembled from cells promise advances from drug delivery to toxic waste clean-up

    Link 5 = Japan approves first human-animal embryo experiments
     
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  2. solid_core

    solid_core Well-Known Member

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    Well, there are almost 2 billion of Christians around the world, so if you will try enough, you will find some individual Christian believing or not believing in anything you ask about.

    But generally, there is no commandment or general rule for Christians that something like this is abomination, possible or impossible etc. Bible does not talk about synthetic life.
     
  3. Victor Medvil

    Victor Medvil The Human Shadow

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    Interesting, so you think the bible does not specify such things, so then it should be alright by Christian views then?
     
  4. Strathos

    Strathos No one important

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    You could call domesticated animals and plants 'synthetic life', as they were created by thousands of thousands of generations of selective breeding and artificial selection. I don't see anyone complaining too much about that.
     
  5. solid_core

    solid_core Well-Known Member

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    I think its about reason and conscience of any Christian. There is no defined rule for it. It can be good or bad. Like any use of science.

    But I would not call genetic modification abomination more than nuclear sciences or chemistry or walking on the moon.
     
  6. Victor Medvil

    Victor Medvil The Human Shadow

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    Well Good, because this is actual the subject I research myself is the creation of synthetic life specifically synthetic viral vectors. I would hate to think that someone thinks my creations are abominations.
     
  7. solid_core

    solid_core Well-Known Member

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    If you doubt and think it is a sin, then it is a sin.

    If you are certain its OK, then I do not see any commandment or rule against that. Use it for good and everything will be fine.
     
  8. Victor Medvil

    Victor Medvil The Human Shadow

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    I don't think anything is a sin, as I specified I am a atheist in my introduction post, but they are used for genetic engineering of animals and plants. The molecular devices that do the work to do such a act as genetic engineering.
     
  9. solid_core

    solid_core Well-Known Member

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    Well, so far no sythetic life was created, so its only a theoretical question for Christians.

    We can now mix genes, so we can create monsters and other obviously disgusting things like rat with human hand, cat with two heads etc. We can call it "abomination" in the meaning "its disgusting for us and horrible for the creature", but thats just my opinion.
     
  10. 2PhiloVoid

    2PhiloVoid Purple today, tomorrow and Forever! Supporter

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    Far be it from me to deny empirical evidence where it might live and come about ...which isn't to say that I'll deny any repercussions that may also come with the same.

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  11. xianghua

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    a robot is also the result of human design. thus the fact that someone can make artificial life doesnt prove non-design and actually its prove the opposite. a penguin for instance is a kind of a self replicating organic robot. and we know that any robot is the result of design.
     
  12. FrumiousBandersnatch

    FrumiousBandersnatch Well-Known Member

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    We've been over this false logic more than once previously. Equivocation and false equivalence do not make an argument.
     
  13. Ophiolite

    Ophiolite Recalcitrant Procrastinating Ape

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    So, there are no black swans?
     
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