In the article “As We May Think” I read this quote on page four
“If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.”
This quote is something that resonated with me. After having an internal conflict a few months ago about what qualities I found important about myself. It brought me back to a Ted Talk video my friend had shown me, which ultimately helped me find resolution.
Both Vannevar Bush and Ken Robinson talk about how society has praised certain qualities. Regardless of how society has changed over time these qualities remain most valued. They point out some of the fallacies in our beliefs and structure that should be revised to further advancements.
As I surfed around Thoughtvectrs, trying to understand what had been assigned for the first day I came across a blog that peaked my interest. I had stumbled upon a blog from a fellow student, the fact its owner had gone through the effort of customizing it’s layout had made it more appealing. Towards the bottom of their blog I found an entry pertaining to Bioprinting, a process in which limbs, organs and other biological tissues can synthetically created. I had only heard of this technology in conversation, so I decided “Hey, what the hell, why not?” I found the whole blurb very intriguing as it talked about the ethics of such a practice. It struck a chord. I had thought about my recently passed grandmother and how her life may have been prolonged, and to my mother and damaged kidneys. I had sudden thought of demonizing those opposed to such a practice, surely they must have someone the love too. Then the more rational side of me kicked in. I recalled death is a natural part of life. After finishing the entry I noticed the author stayed somewhat unbiased, so I have only one real question for the author. “Given everyone has loved ones, and death is a natural and necessary part of life, what is your view on bioprinting?”