Group time is philosophy time for me… pure and simple. That’s how the Greeks did it (I presume their poison might have been strapping young lads); that’s how the Beats did it (they sure loved their opiates); and for me – it’s the bar and the beer.
In Michigan, Proposals 1 and 2 both passed, and while the legalization of marijuana for medical use gets a fair poke with the jokes, it was the stem cell research that started the rant. (Okay, none of this is really philosophizing… maybe it’s hypothesizing… or “making shit up”…)
Anyweed, I launched a tangent about where I see the research going. I mean, when I was young lad playing with Play-Doh (wait – what?), I didn’t expect things like corrective eye surgery, tendon replacements, or cloning to ever be possible. After all, could cowboys imagine TV?
I know the tests so far haven’t provided anything as spectacular as regrowing hair in bald spots or reconnecting injured spinal cords (I’m not weighing these examples as the same, at all… yes I am). But in time, these leaps in medicine may happen. Things like head/brain transplants could be as common as corrective eye surgery.
The flip-side, of course, is the mad scientist aspect – that things like head/brain transplants could be as common as corrective eye surgery. Will individuals be able to personalize themselves with the genetic equivalent of tattoos and piercings (“hey, check out my back ears”)? I still feel we’ll know there’s been progress when we see a headline akin to this: “Scientists Accidentally Give Test Subject Vision… Via His Penis.”
The upside to that scenario is you could tuck a video iPod in your drawers and watch a movie while at work… sorry ladies. Although you already do have the magic bullet… and I’m not talking about the blender.