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I loved Jurassic Park

Michael Archer: How we'll resurrect the gastric brooding frog stimulates a debate on the ethics of evelution

Like so many people I was entranced when Jurassic Park hinted that there will come a time when extinct species will be reanimated. The book and film suggest this will be a bad thing. I've always had a theory that your views on evolution reveal a lot about your politics.

Consider for example that someone breaks into your house and steals something. If the government of the day gave you an option to terminate that persons life so as to stop future burglaries, would you think that is a good or a bad thing? It's interesting because there is no evidence that this person has any genetic code that makes them a burglar nor what degree of social stress or environmental upbringing let them to the action for which you could execute them.

Right wing people tend towards eugenics because of a simplistic view of evolution where nature does her work, the weak are culled and the strong survive.

This is probably how it has been for all of time, the fittest have survived because the have been victims or victors or opportunity. The thing about humans in the 21st century is that we have the power to change that. Our purpose should not be to seek the ultimate survival race but instead chase the ultimate diversity. We need to look at all providing an environment for as many of the variations presented to us by DNA as we can find and populate the universe with the most appropriate lifeforms.

Capitalism really should not be killing the poor in the third world - it should be creating lichens on Neptune.

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An historic day

I launch this site on the day the iron lady dies.

Romeria, Olvera 2013

It was Romeria here in Olvera today. Romeria is a kind of picnic in the countryside that celebrates the event that happened in 1715. The story goes that there was an epic drought that caused huge losses of crops and livestock. The towns people decided to take action. They marched with the float of the virgin to the sanctuary of the los remedios, a church just outside of town,  held various religious ceremonies (and had a bit of a party by the sound of it) and henceforth it rained.

Now this is all very well if you buy into it. The issue I have is that we've just had one of the wettest winters I've seen in my life, so to re-enact a rain dance is the last thing you want to do - how about walking very quietly in the opposite direction?

As subtitled above, this is the first post of this new blog. I do have other blogs but they're all to do with one company or other, so I can't always say what I want to say.

What I want to say today is adios Thatcher. Everyone has their personal view and as we're seeing in the media these vary from dancing in the streets to making comparisons with Churchill.

At the end of the day though she did what all western politicians have done since the second world war which is to do is to impersonate king Canute. The inevitable decline of the West and movement of power and money to the East is the elephant in the room.

All Thatcher acheived with her destruction of manufacture, mining and industry and the creation of a raft of financial regulation to protect the city is to create a greater disparitiy between rich and poor, a more divided and unequal society and ultimately the seeds of the UK's eventual destruction. By creating an environment where borrowing is easy and cheap, where wages are frozen and where money can travel from one side of the world to another in the blink of an eye, there is a disaster brewing in the UK economy that will erupt one day like a volcano, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

"Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey"

 

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