Ethics and the Two Johns
I posted a piece on the success and future promise of genetic engineering the other day and offered a prize to anyone who could successfully link the subject of the post with the foundations of ethics.
Sadly, no-one succeeded, but instead of giving you the answer directly let me give you a clue. In fact,three clues – three quotes in chronological order -- one from a Beatle, two from Enlightenment legends, and one from a certain Russian/American novelist/philosopher – and if you fill in the gaps between these and the post on Tuesday, you’ll have your answer.
“Nature to be commanded must be obeyed.” – Francis Bacon
"The intrinsic natural worth of anything consists in its fitness to supply the necessities or serve the conveniences of human life.” – John Locke
“Why in the world are we here/Surely not to live in pain and fear.” - John Lennon
“…the purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.” --Ayn Rand
Have at it!