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I learned today that stem cells were discovered in the 60s by two Canadian doctors by the name of Till and McCulloch. Yay for national pride. Although, at the same time, I was learning about how strict Canadian laws are on the subject. The general idea I got was more strict than South Korea and possibly even the US.

In the same report, they showed a clip of goold GW saying something along the lines of “if there’s one thing that these children show us, it’s that there is no such thing as a spare embryo.” Let’s see… let’s guess at a US population of 300 million, half of which are women, and each have 400 eggs available. Considering that men shoot off several million sperm in every shot, eggs are clearly the limiting factor here. Let’s say that Bush somehow manages to stick to his guns and not allow any potential lives go to waste, then, taking only eggs naturally matured by (at a random guess) 50 million fertile American women during Bush’s four year term, we should see the population of the US to grow to about 2.7 billion. Now I’m just pulling numbers out off the top of my head for the most part, but, yeah, it seems like he’s right. The US is grossly underpopulated right now. We really need to work on that.

Yes, I know that’s not the real issue that most people get all up in arms about, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not important to consider.

I’ve been considering lately about writing out all my thoughts about religion and ethics into a cohesive document or essary or something, so that when I say things like

There is no such thing as ethics

I’ll have some arguments already compiled to defend my position with. As it is right now I can never remember what all my beliefs are, and I can never express them properly. I think I should be able to stand on firmer ground with this things. Although one of my points that I want to develop is that you should never be firm about these things… this is why I always get confused when talking about religion and ethics. (what other things fall in this category?) I’d also like to have a better idea of where I stand (albeit on intentionally shaky ground… ground that is firm in its shakiness) myself before going into this Biomedical Ethics course next year. (I’m really looking forward to it.) Yay for personal exploration!

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