Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Centaurs and satyrs

All this talk of combining human and animal cells makes me think of those Classical half-beasts, centaurs who had the heads and chests of men and the bodies of horses, and satyrs who had the upper half of a man and the lower half of a goat. Sex, food and wine were the driving passions of these creatures. The love of women led to the destruction of the centaurs when they tried to abduct the fair Hippodamia on her wedding day. Her people, the Lapithae, were so incensed that a great battle erupted and the centaurs were wiped out. The underlying message is that these half-beasts are a lower form of life, a message with which today's scientists would seem to agree with if they're prepared to mess around with them for experiments. The Church believes human life should not be degraded in such a fashion, a sentiment with which I concur.


Blogger marymaryquitecontrary said...

I don't believe medical experiments should ever go in this direction. It appauls me.

11:53 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

I always rather liked the satyrs as they seemed to spend a lot of time drinking wine and lying on the ground with rather attractive young ladies. Seems like a good career choice.

3:28 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

KL! - I hope you aren't seduced by vampires

5:12 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

KL! - I hope you aren't seduced by vampires

5:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm.. Applying classical mythology to decisions about medical ethics seems rather like using poetry to solve trigonometry. The sad fact is that most people in this country don't have a scientific education, and the problem is getting worse.

Hence they are seduced by entirely fatuous claims about homoeopathy and other 'new age' cures for illnesses while at the same time dismissing the very real advances to be gained against Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's and so on, offered by stem cell research.

7:45 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I believe there needs to be further research in these areas, but that it should be regulated. What a wonderful way you have put across this issue.

8:59 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Anon - poetry can be found everywhere, even in trigonometry: look at the perfection of an equilateral triangle.

8:30 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

ww & anon - for my sins I did Maths many years ago at University - and can't now do my young nephew's homework. But there IS a beauty in maths and a joy in its conclusions, that many will never get.

9:37 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

... and ps - Transylvania has lots of garlic and silver, but no vampires I've met ( expect Miss Whiplash)( translated from Romanian) who is a well known blood sucker

9:38 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Me, too.

11:58 pm  

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