Monday, March 3, 2008

Discovery

As I mentioned before, my favorite channel on TV is The Weather Channel. My second favorite however is Discovery. Some of the shows on there are so interesting and they explain a lot of things that I have always had questions about. Last week they had a show about mummies and it was fascinating. They uncovered Christian mummies in Egypt. This contradicts Christian belief so they believe that this was a transition time for Christians in this area.

A few days ago, there was a show on Discovery about wooly mammoths. They say scientists recently discovered an entire baby mammoth frozen in ice. The episode told about a cave way up north where they keep all these frozen artifacts and examine them. It literally is an ice cave where all the frozen specimens are kept. They have found many pieces of mammoths but this one was whole.After analyzing the baby mammoth, they went on to tell how they think it died and how old it was and all kinds of interesting facts.

Next the topic shifted to genetics and they went into genetic research. There was this scientist that was "playing" with chicken embryo’s trying to mutate them in the hopes of recreating a dinosaur. He was able to introduce a virus into the developing embryo during different stages of growth and cause birth defects in chickens. Now we have shifted from interesting to in my opinion just plain wrong. I could give a thousand reasons why we shouldn't bring back a dinosaur and not one reason why we should. Ok maybe one reason....To eat stupid scientists.

Now there is a show on this week about the snow leopard. In case you don't know anything about them, they are almost extinct. I believe there are only 50 left in the wild and soon they will all be gone. Don't you think it would be better to put all these genetic scientists working on saving animals we still HAVE instead of bringing back ones that have been long gone? Am I the only one that thinks like this? My family agrees with me on this so there are 4 of us right here that feel the same way.

The other thing that sometimes irks me about this channel is when they are running a show about an animal that is endangered. For the sake of the TV show they film one of them being killed or dying of hunger or thirst. I remember one show where this baby white rhino had narrowly escaped from a lion. The camera men sat there and filmed this rare animal bleeding to death. Wouldn't it be a good idea to save these animals and show a dramatization instead of letting one of the last remaining animals die? It sometimes just doesn't make any sense.

I know where all this genetic research is heading, They say all this research is for the good of man and all they are trying to do is find cures for diseases but I have already heard talk of people wanting to create "perfect" humans, cloneing themselves and bringing back people that have died. They are trying to be God.

Genesis 2:15
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

I believe He wants us to take care of what He gave us and not try to create our own garden.

Have a great day,
Greg

8 comments:

Angie said...

Oh I wanted to see that story about the wooly mammoth! I agree with you on the point. That's entertainment though, huh? It's a weird world.

Amy Wyatt said...

I'm sure they would say they didn't intervene with the rhino because "they didn't want to disrupt the natural order of things." However, they then turn around and do exactly that by "trying to be God. as you say"
I never get to watch Discovery... my kids always take over and I end up on Discovery Kids or Disney.
Thanks for the comments on my post. We too have had a helicopter ride just this past summer when Spencer had a 4 hour status seizure. We had to be transported. I actually had to ride in the helicopter with him... lots of praying for him and me. Can't wait to read your miracle post next Monday.

Lori said...

Let's hope they don't find a way to bring back dinosaurs! I would have loved to see the show on the wooly mammoth. Somehow I never seem to watch anything on the discovery channel. I'll have to give it a try!

Carol said...

The whole dinosaur thing baffles me. My six year old wants to know when they were created. I'm not sure where they fit into the creation story. I just told him we'll have to ask God one day. Thanks for your visit! Come back again! :)

Kati said...

ROFL I'm totally thinking Jurassic Park here, in regards to cloning animals we've got no rights bringing back.

The problem, from what I understand, with treating wild animals is that sometimes the stress can be such that it'll kill the animal anyway. And again, I stay aware that the photographers watching the baby rhino die, are not the same people as are trying to clone a dinosaur. The film-maker may have more realistic ethics than the scientist in the lab.

I'm similarly torn about genetical ethics. I don't want to see folks get to pick their baby's blue eyes & blond hair, across the board, or influencing this child's genetics for an athletic purpose. BUT, at the same time, I DO think that genetics-work that brings us a cure for cancer, for Type 1 Diabetis, for Parkinson's disease, for hemophelia..... These are all noble goals and I think it'd be a benefit to mankind to never make another mother watch her child suffer from Juvenile Diabetis or hemophelia. To never see another mother of 3 young-ones die from Breast Cancer.

Again, it comes down to human nature. Humans ARE animals, and animals are naturally somewhat greedy. Humans just happen to have the brainpower to take that greed to the level of messing around in things we shouldn't to change simple matters (hair color, eye color, average adult height) simply for the reason that we want to. If our energy was expended solely in the more noble causes, genetics wouldn't be an issue for anybody, I believe.

Great, thought-provoking post as usual, Greg!

Janice Thomson said...

If genetics like everything else gets in the hands of the wrong people there will be chaos.
You can clone people all you want but tell me; how do you clone a soul?
I agree with you 100% Greg.

Annie said...

I'm getting the feeling here that you'd be a great trivia partner, Greg. Anyone who watches Discovery Channel has lots of knowledge about all kinds of interesting things.

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