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Benjamin Franklin

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Robin Hanson

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I had stuck to my resolution of not eating animal food, [seeing killing fish] as a kind of unprovoked murder, since none of them had, or ever could do us any injury that might justify the slaughter. ... But [when they came out] the frying-pan, it smelt admirably well. I balanced some time between principle and inclination, till I recollected that, when the fish were opened, I saw smaller fish taken out of their stomachs; then thought "If you eat one another, I don't see why we mayn't eat you."
01 Jan 1771    Source
Agree Is it ethical to eat meat? Agree
...is it good to create people that will eventually die? We usually say yes, if their lives are "worth living" overall. That is, if they get value out of being alive, and are not in a situation like severe torture, where they would rather be dead than alive. ...most farm animal's lives are worth living... they do not want to commit suicide. ... [Therefore] buying [meat] rather than asparagus, is good; you create farm animals whose lives are worth living.
10 Jul 2002    Source
I wish it were possible... to invent a method of embalming drowned persons, in such a manner that they might be recalled to life at any period, however distant [since I have] a very ardent desire to see and observe the state of America a hundred years... But... in all probability, we live in a century too little advanced, and too near the infancy of science, to see such an art brought in our time to its perfection...
01 Apr 1773    Source
Mostly Agree Is living forever or having a greatly extended lifespan desirable? Mostly Agree
A thousand year lifespan would be fantastic, relative to our lifespan. I want it! But it is _nothing_ like immortality... Yes, keep trying to live if you love life, and rage, rage against the dying of the light. Do better; live longer. But why confuse everyone by talking as if you expect to achieve the literally _infinite_ success of “immortality”? It is fine to say “let’s extend lives as much as we can.” But must you really talk as if nothing less than _infinite_ success will do?
01 Aug 2010    Source