lucidé wrote:We need to greatly change some of the ways they experiment in science as well. One thing we need to get rid of in science is animal cruelty, especially in the experiment labs. Animal activists are slowly taking down many of the experiment labs that are subjecting these poor creatures to a slow painful death (it isn't just rats BTW, but think in terms of kittens, baby monkeys, and puppies dying a very slow agonizing death). If the scientists feel the need to do painful experiments on a living thing, experiment on a serial killer (they've inflicted pain on living things, and would inflict more of it, I feel no empathy at that point for them). They would just go out and hurt others anyways (the animals would hurt no one, no reason to hurt animals). I believe science would advance further in finding results in helping them in the future if they experimented on a few of the killers rather than on animals.
Ah,the necessary evil we have to resort to for the continuation of our species. More reason to validate David Benatar's philosophy. If you transferred my consciousness and knowledge to the first man who ever existed,maybe I would have ignored the first woman and simply lived my life Childfree and Sex-free till I died,using lucid dreaming as my primary source of fun. (or commit suicide if I couldn't handle the harshness of caveman life)
This would have ensured the demise of our species and humans would have never existed,but at the same time,I'd be saving billions upon billions all throughout history from experience suffering.
You know,apparently there are people out there born with the inability to feel physical pain and it is genetic.
If,via cloning and genetic engineering,we were able to produce human beings like these en masse,they'd be a good source of scientific experimentation in the future(and for organ donations and stuff). It is still very morally questionable though,but you can argue that it will produce better results and its more ethical than putting animals through painful procedures.
Edit: Actually,this sparks up a question. What would have been the least painful way for a Caveman to kill themselves given their resources? In the modern age,we have certain drugs that could help achieve a painfree death. It just so happens that the law takes measures to make them difficult to access for civilians. All I could think of is consume multiple hallucinogenic mushrooms(assuming they existed back then and you could identify them)then jump off from a great height as soon as you feel them start to take effect.