Matt Farncomb

Sydney, Australia

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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease
So please let me know which continents on Earth "we shouldn't be in." Once you do, also add how you separate where we should be from where we shouldn't be. Would you say the Americas? Well we have been there for approximately 14,000 years... Australia? We've been there for 50,000 years. It's true, we do greatly effect the Eco systems of where we migrate to but I still find it impossible to sympathise with any sort of culling method. The best and most humane way to control population growth is through providing more birth control and education to developing countries.
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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
There exist objective moral truths
True, the lack of god doesn't signify the presence of morality or reason, but in some situations it can hold back the progress of it. I agree that each generation thinks it has all the answers because each generation is (more or less) going forward in establishing a more accurate morality correlating with advancements in science. I would think one can claim morality as it's own field of study which is advancing at a similar pace to science. Future generations will look back on how immoral we were today compared to their own more moral standards.
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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease
Well no, not ANY non-human animal. But certainly one that is providing a very real threat to humanity. If a poisonous spider was crawling on a human child would you kill the spider or let it do it's thing? This is essentially the same principle, just done on a much larger scale. Also, If great white sharks developed flight and started flying around eating people then they too would need to be controlled. I would argue that any species that presents a very real threat to humans on such a massive scale as this must be dealt with.
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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease
I don't think it supposed to be used for one generation only. He mentions doing it over a process of 4 months so that couldn't possibly be only one generation. The reason that this process is safe for the environment is that where this process is used, this particular mosquito is in invasive species and not native to the region.
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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
There exist objective moral truths
Well I'd say that our definition of religion is quite similar. Considering a philosophy generally dictates how one thinks and acts, I'd say that includes everything you mentioned, although I wouldn't necessarily include "methods of indoctrination" amongst those as I don't think they would be necessarily tied to the religion... unless it's something like Scientology where the brainwashing seems to be a big part of it. Concerning your main point, it seems that I have misunderstood you. I thought you were saying that religion has a monopoly on morality, but correct me if I'm wrong, it seems you are saying that it can act as a guide for one to follow. I'd certainly agree with that and I'd also add that religion is certainly not alone in this domain. Many branches of philosophy offer up moral guidance according to a set of core principles, for example the Star Trek philosophy for Trekkies...(seriously). Also, I would like to further accentuate the point that much of human morality is innate and we don't necessarily need any kind of philosophy, religious or otherwise, to be moral.
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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease
I was attaching the more emotional spin to try and make you look at what you are implying. If you say it is okay for some strangers to die because this culling is somehow necessary, then you should feel the same way about your own children and maybe even your own life. If you really believe that help should be refused to these poor people because it is somehow all a part of the natural process, by which definition to you define natural? Is cancer patient receiving treatment natural? Is vaccinating your child against dangerous diseases natural? Is using contraceptives natural? What about an asthmatic using their asthma puffer? Is that also natural? These examples are ways in which we preserve life. All are necessary and I would argue that it is natural to want to preserve life. Perhaps these are achieved through artificial means but that doesn't make them any less valid. If your concern is about population control, surely we don't have to rely on something as drastic as culling or simply letting people die miserable deaths. That is what population control through contraceptives and other forms of birth control are for.
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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
There exist objective moral truths
Objective moral truth can be established on facts. Yes, mankind is subjective, but scientific facts are not. When mankind learn the necessary scientific facts objectively concerning a particular moral dilemma, they can use these facts to establish an objective answer. Just because some of the answers to what is "good" or "bad" may be difficult to answer, it doesn't mean there isn't a correct answer, but the best way to get this answer would be through scientific study.
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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
There exist objective moral truths
In regards to your first comment, I would argue that religion can't teach us morality... well any useful morality anyhow. It's true, it does have a few basic principles which are a good idea such as don't murder and don't steal, but these aren't a bi product of religion. These basic moralities are innate in humanity as well as in other apes too.
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Matt Farncomb
Posted over 1 year ago
Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease
So do you really think we need to help to cull the human population? Let's put it this way, would you like it if you had children that had a 25% survival rate? Because that's what the survival rate is in some of those poorer South East Asian Countries, all due to the devastation caused by Malaria.