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commented on May 11, 2012
I was recently listening to a young medical student justifying the killing of lab animals in the name of science. Her argument was that it is not the place of scientists to teach compassion, therefore, when teaching dissection or running experiments, they should not be the ones worrying about the lives and well-being of these animals or transmitting such concerns to their students. Their business is to carry out experiments that better mankind through medicine.
I think that we must all teach compassion, every day, via whatever it is we do.
If sciences are to make us smarter and more informed about our world, are they not also to make us more connected and concerned for it and all its beings? Should the sciences also teach us compassion? If so, why? If not, why not?