More time means more time to blog on more interesting material more frequently. Here’s my opinion on the ethics of genetic engineering, the altering of DNA in an organism to provide a physical enhancement. I’ll try to break this up into small sections, so I don’t end up writing an essay. Here are the two cases in which I deem biotechnology acceptable:
- Eradication of diseases: if biotechnology gives us the power to cure people of diseases such as down syndrome and cancer, why wouldn’t we use it? Every notion we have of ethics tells us it’s moral to put people out of their suffering. If you don’t want to help fellow humans rise above the misfortune of a few awry genes, what kind of a sick person are you? It’s absolutely ethical to use genetic engineering to cure people of diseases.
- Genetically Modified Foods (GMFs): this form of biotechnology can very realistically end world hunger by producing better products and with a greater yield. Again, ethics dictate that it’s moral to help the less fortunate; I’m sure everyone must agree that using GMFs is a service to billions around the globe. As far as growth hormones go for animals, I’m not opposed to it. Think of it this way; those animals can help us solve famine and starvation across the world. If they’re condemned to be someone’s dinner, why not maximize how many people they can feed? It isn’t immoral to maximize how much food we can get, it’s immoral to watch millions starve while we have a solution to their problem.
This is a mere fraction of the marvels of genetic engineering, but it’s all I’m comfortable with integrating into our society. I’m not religious, but I agree with religions when I say that human genes are not to be toyed with for fun or to provide an unnecessary benefit. This will reduce genetic variation in humans, and as only the rich will be able to afford it, will increase the disparity gap between the rich and poor. It’s a little Orwellian to say, but I do believe that if this technology is used with no restrictions, a superior race of elite “superhumans” will come to power, and destroy the structure of society as we know it. All men are equal on a basic, fundamental level; by changing the definition of a man, we’re creating a new species; it’s a regression in our societal values. Finally, I’m opposed to cloning for a couple reasons. Firstly, I think that doing so encourages (or will at least inevitably lead to) slavery; that’s something no one wants. If a human “creates,” or engineers, another human, that creation will be his property; the moral implications of that aren’t ever worth exploring by experience. Secondly, while clones may be used to do the mundane duties of our world, it’s only a matter of time before someone abuses the power that comes with this technology; imagine wars with a limitless supply of soldiers. The risks outweigh the benefits by too much.
In conclusion, I’d like to see a world where genetic engineering is used for only moral necessities. If it’s not doing a kindness to a person or persons, I think it’ll be too easily abused. Of course, there will need to be restrictions and conditions with any form of societal integration so the power can never be abused. Still, it’d be great to see a world without uncurable disease and starvation. The technology should therefore only be used to do a select few moral necessities; it may sound naive and wistful, but who knows what kind of world we’ll be living in one hundred years from now?
Team Canada mens’ ice hockey team beat Team Sweden by a score of 3-0 yesterday, winning gold for the sport in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic games. It was the team’s best game in the tournament by far; they were dominant, and stuck to their gameplan of a defensive mindet to perfection. While this gameplan made for some anxious worries about offense, who can complain about the results? It was great to see the team defend Olympic gold.
I had to wake up extremely early to watch the game, but it was worth it. I pretty much dragged my blanket with me to the couch, where I proceeded to watch them win gold alone (unfortunately I couldn’t meet with any friends because of how early the game was). The game wasn’t as memorable as the gold medal game between Canada and America in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games; it was a lot less exciting. In that game, there was overtime, home ice advantage, and very high tensions – none of that in this game. The game was practically over after Canada’s first goal, they played that well.
Steve Yzerman certainly silenced all his critics with this victory (and I’m one of them). It was great to see, and I hope the nation can continue its success in the next games!
I’ll start posting non-hockey material starting tomorrow, so please check back soon!
Team Canada is set to face Team Sweden in the mens’ ice hockey gold medal game tomorrow, as the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games come to a close.
I missed most of Canada’s last two games, a 2-1 victory against Latvia in the quarterfinals and a 1-0 victory against the Americans in the semifinals. Both the games were extremely close, and Canada was certainly outplayed for the majority of the period. The team hasn’t performed anywhere as well as fans and experts thought they would, but if they win gold against a very good Swedish team, all will be forgiven.
Team Sweden has easily been one of the most impressive teams in the hockey tournament so far. They play a fast game and boast a depth that only a few teams had. They’ll certainly bring the game to Canada, a team that still looks like it hasn’t found the perfect chemistry. I don’t think the best team was picked this year, with a couple big snubs and a couple eyebrow-raising selections. Even the captain Sidney Crosby has yet to find his groove, and most of Team Canada’s goals have come from its defensemen. Regardless, a win is a win, especially when it comes to Olympic gold, so I hope Canada can pull through tomorrow!
The game is at 5 am locally, which is very early by my standards. Had it been at a later time, I really would have enjoyed meeting with some friends to watch the game. Still, the game promises to be fun, and hopefully a lot of more great memories are made by the play of the team. The whole nation will set an early alarm clock tomorrow. Go Canada go!
Team Canada’s mens’ ice hocky team beat Team Finland by a score of 2-1 in overtime earlier today, in what was their third game of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic games. I actually missed most of the game, but I did catch overtime to see Drew Doughty net his second goal of the game for the winning goal.
This was a really close game, closer than I thought it would be. It’s true that Team Finland has played exceptionally well up to now, but they’re still considered underdogs against a stacked team like the one Canada has. Canada hung in their today and pulled out an important victory. Still, the lack of emphatic victories has plagued Canada for most of these games.
The team has been heavily criticized for a lack of scoring by forwards. The defencemen are contributing mightily; two that come to mind are Shea Weber and Drew Doughty. Even Sidney Crosby, arguably the best player in the world, has struggled to find his offensive groove as of yet. Despite these criticisms, I think Canada will do fine. They have an incredibly deep team, and with time, they’ll work out their chemistry and the goals will come. It’s not very often a team as talented as Canada’s loses, so I do think they’ll win; it just may not be as pretty as we all envisioned.
Team Canada will now play the winner of the Switzerland-Lativia qualifying game in the quarter-finals. The team shouldn’t have too much trouble with either of those teams. I’m looking forward to the game, and as always, I’ll share my thoughts on the game as soon as it’s over!
Team Canada’s mens’ hockey team beat Team Austria by a score of 6-0 earlier today, in their second game of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It was an emphatic victory that put to rest a lot of questions raised by their underwhelming 3-1 victory against Team Norway yesterday.
While yesterday’s match had fans anxious about the play of the team, today the team played excellently. They were expected by everyone to win, of course, but doing so with an exclamation mark still bodes well for the team. By all means, Canada played as people thought they would today, and the result was a blowout.
Jeff Carter had a natural hat trick in this game, and was involved in a lot of the team’s offense today. He’s certainly silencing my criticism of the decision to place him on the team, as he’s proving that he is an Olympic calibre team beyond doubt. Overall the team played with much better chemistry today than they did yesterday. They seemed to have found their legs, courage and confidence. They made it look easy today. Roberto Luongo wasn’t tested with too difficult a save today, but when he was, he responded nicely to the challenge. That certainly makes the goaltending issue a nice debatable story; of couse I’ve always said that any of the three goalies would perform well. PK Subban played in today’s game after being a healthy scratch yesterday, and he performed well. I’ve been most impressed with the play of Jonathon Toews, John Tavares, and Shea Weber. All of those players have taken their game to the next level, and it’s great to see.
There are a lot of powerhouse teams in the Olympics this year, so Canada needs to play the best it can. It’ll be interesting to see the USA-Russia game tomorrow, as two of the best teams with a deep history face each other. I hope Canada continues it’s excellent play against Finland on Sunday, and I’ll share my thoughts with you on it as soon as it’s over!
Team Canada’s mens’ hockey team won their first game of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics by a score of 3-1. A win is a win, but this win certainly wasn’t the match that the country was hoping for.
By all means, Canada should have dominated the whole game and won by an outrageous score. Their talent is so deep that they can put most teams to shame. We didn’t see that in this game. For most of the game, Norway stood toe to toe with Canada, and really gave them a run for their money. If it wasn’t for a poor Norweigan showing in the second period, Canada would have had a much harder time winning this game.
As fans, we can only hope the team does better on the journey to a gold medal. I thought Carey Price played well in this match, as the decision to start him instead of Luongo surprised some fans. However, Price wasn’t tested with too many difficult saves, so it’s difficult to say if he’s the goalie for the rest of the tournament; I think tht question will be answered after we see how Luongo plays tomorrow against Austria. Otherwise, most of the players seemed to have good chemistry. I hope today was just a day of nerves; the players should do much better for the rest of the tournament. I thought Canada could improve by shooting more often and having more traffic in front of the net, so let’s see if they do that tomorrow.
One decision that did surprise me was that PK Subban was a healthy scratch for this game. Subban is the reigning Norris Trophy winner; he was the best defenseman in the NHL last season. I really think they should have used him instead of Marc-Edouard Vlasic (the decision to even add him to the team still shocks me). The team would have benefitted by the offensive presence of Subban, and also his physicality. I hope he gets to play tomorrow.
Canada plays Austria tomorrow, in another match that should be an easy win for them. I hope they play better than they did in today’s game, as it will definitely help boost confidence. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game, as I’m sure a whole nation is. I’ll share my thoughts with you on it as soon as I can!
It was announced earlier today that Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price will start for Team Canada’s men’s ice hockey as the goaltender for tomorrow’s match between Canada and Norway, the first for Canada in the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics.
I don’t have too many thoughts on this story. It seems like an obvious selection, as Price has played brilliantly in his past few games, and Roberto Luongo, the starter for the team in the Vancouver 2010 olympic games has been awful recently. Being the Olympics, the team will have a stellar defense helping out the goalie. To me, it really doesn’t matter who starts in net. All three goaltenders, Luongo, Price and Mike Smith are excellent goalies who can take their play to the next level when the need to. It makes sense to ride the hottest goalie, but I really feel any of the goaltenders would do just fine. With that being said, I certainly hope Price, and all Canadian players, have a great opening match against Norway tomorrow. I’ve been looking forward to the game for a long time, as has all of Canada.
I’ll leave you with a nice video bringing up the great emotions we had after the victory against the Americans in the last Olympics after Sidney Crosby scored in overtime. What a match that was! I still remember that my family and I were watching the game with out neighbors, and that night we all celebrated together while watching the amazing closing ceremony. (On a sidenote, Jarome Iginla had the assist leading to the Golden Goal – seriously, how was he left off the team this year)? I’m sure all of Canada remembers the Golden Goal, and let’s hope for a similar result this year!