Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lost A Finger? No Problem

Any Questions?

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Some questions:
-So, would you sprinkle dried up pig bladder on your open wound in hopes that whatever is lacking will return?
-Would your regrowth be less-than-human?
-Are there any moral hurdles to this "treatment"?


Joseph said...

Q1: Would I? If I lost a limb or was burned badly, I would soak myself in a tub of the stuff. I'd swim in it. I would sprinkle it on my cereal. It might not work, but then again it might. Why wouldn't you want to give it a try?

Q2: Less-than-human? I eat porkchops, bacon, and hotdogs and my body converts the little piggy into stuff I need. Same thing here. Now if I started to root around looking for truffles, well, that would just be a bonus.

Q3: Moral hurdles? I wouldn't think anything more of it than wearing leather shoes, drinking milk, or eating an omelette. As a domesticated animal, the pig's purpose in life is to be consumed by humans. Finding noble uses for pig parts that might otherwise end up as dog food is no hurdle in my mind.


avelyn said...

I was born with nine and a half toes - not a genetic abnormality, but a developmental one. I was born with an extra metatarsil bone - same cause. My toe, or lack of one, has caused me no end of worry, and it would be wonderful to just cut off the obnoxious parts and regrow a toe that I might be able to bend, walk on properly, etc.
I don't think that the regrowth would be less-than-human, but I have moral issues with killing another animal for my own preferences. While this bans my wearing of animal products and eating of flesh, I also think that every species has a right to its own self-perpetuation, so I don't know what I would do if I was given the opportunity to use this. One one hand, it's unlike meat and leather - it's not used simply out of preference while other similarly useful things are available. I can eat soy instead of meat, wear pleather instead of leather, but I can't use something else instead of this powder, so I think that if it came down to it, I'd use the powder. Indeed, as soon as this become available for the general public, I think that I will snip off the bit of the toe that's given me such grief and try this.
I find it hard to fathom that people who eat/wear animal products would have moral problems with this. I suppose there's the bit of squeemishness that comes with another species supplying something that will become part of you, but it seems fairly universal awesome. I am, however, probably a bit biased as I am incredibly happy that something like this may let me have a normal foot for once.