Sunday, October 24, 1999, 12:49:17 PM, you quoted Tom:
AM> "Time is the issue; and the problems such as GMO's are only one way in
AM> which this issue becomes manifest.
AM> And you may be right that arguments about things like GMOs may be only a
AM> symptom of the larger problem (or issue). I think that the problem is a
AM> lack of REAL ethics in the scientific community.
Lack of defined goals came to mind. But you said:
AM> This brings me around to my definition of a scientist and a technician:
AM> A scientist asks her/himself these questions and determines what should
AM> be worked on. A technician isn't aware of the questions and works on
AM> anything that may be fascinating or profitable.
What should be worked on - an attempt to define goals
Zen - a good way to maintain perspective and tolerate things enough to
persist, while continuing to work towards one's goals.
Back to GMO's. (The main motive for this note. I've said this before
and I'll say it again): Does anyone else believe as I do, that GMO's
are simply a more obvious (and probably more dangerous, due to their
potential for extended proliferation), manifestation of the same
mentality that brought us grafted trees - which have been widely
accepted even within the inner circles of organic farming. To me, this
is discouraging, which is why I will continue to sound out this group
on the issue now and then.
The same invasive, out of context, self serving, myopic ball of
pretexts; that justify actions which damage the integrity of other
(and to my mind superior) organisms, producing (of course) an inferior
human food supply system, as a disappointing, melodramatic result.
Douglas Hinds, CeDeCoR, A.C.
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