There has been yet another call to create human-animal hybrids, or demi-humans, a reality, calling it an imperative:
“It is a bit of a stretch, but by no means impossible or even unlikely that a hybrid or a chimera combining a human being and a chimpanzee could be produced in a laboratory. After all, human and chimp (or bonobo) share, by most estimates, roughly 99 percent of their nuclear DNA. Granted this 1 percent difference presumably involves some key alleles, the new gene-editing tool CRISPR offers the prospect (for some, the nightmare) of adding and deleting targeted genes as desired. As a result, it is not unreasonable to foresee the possibility—eventually, perhaps, the likelihood—of producing ‘humanzees’ or ‘chimphumans.’ Such an individual would not be an exact equal-parts-of-each combination, but would be neither human nor chimp: rather, something in between.
“If that prospect isn’t shocking enough, here is an even more controversial suggestion: Doing so would be a terrific idea.”
While creating human-animal hybrids, or demi-humans, with a bonobo would be simpler than with other animals, it would nonetheless mean that we are one step closer to creating catgirls for domestic ownership!
That, and mad science is always heartily endorsed here. But is this being proposed for the sake of (mad) science?
“In any event, the nonsensical insistence that human beings are uniquely created in God’s image and endowed with a soul, whereas other living things are mere brutes has not only permitted but encouraged an attitude toward the natural world in general and other animals in particular that has been at best indifferent and more often, downright antagonistic, jingoistic, and in many cases, intolerably cruel. It is only because of this self-serving myth that some people have been able to justify keeping other animals in such hideous conditions as factory farms in which they are literally unable to turn around, not to mention prevented from experiencing anything approaching a fulfilling life. It is only because of this self-serving myth that some people accord the embryos of Homo sapiens a special place as persons-in-waiting, magically endowed with a notable humanity that entitles them to special legal and moral consideration unavailable to our nonhuman kin. It is only because of this self-serving myth that many people have been able to deny the screamingly evident evolutionary connectedness between themselves and other life forms.”
If this sounds familiar, it is because Soviet scientist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov already tried to make ape-human hybrids, a fact that the author of “The Case for Making Chimp-Humans” points out approvingly. In both cases the desire is to disprove the existence of God and/or souls. (Pro-tip, that isn’t how the entire “Soul” thing works…).
Would that really disprove God and/or souls? Would we really create an atheistic army of ape-men/women to totally smash religion? Or perhaps the result would be the complete opposite…
I, for one, welcome our nekomimi nun overlords!