Monday, May 12, 2008

The President's advisor on bioethics believes eating ice cream is immoral.

Friends and relations,

No, I'm not making that up. Just the sort of guy we want setting bioethics policies for the NIH.

More here: The Stupidity of Dignity in The New Republic



Timmo said...

Actually, this is a conclusion that I do not think is objectionable at all. Ice cream is a product that comes at the expense of cows, and they endure great suffering and hormonal manipulation in order for human beings to enjoy the taste of ice cream. Tolstoy said, "A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite." To which we might add that we can live and be healthy without ice cream garnered from animal slavery; therefore, if he heats ice creams, he participates in the suffering of cows merely for the sake of his gluttony.

Mpeterson said...

Quite so, but the difference, of course, is that you've made an argument.


Anonymous said...


Try READING the context of a blog report before responding to it with something totally unrelated to his reasoning.

Here's what you SHOULD have read first...

"Worst of all from this point of view are those more uncivilized forms of eating, like licking an ice cream cone--a catlike activity that has been made acceptable in informal America but that still offends those who know eating in public is offensive. ... Eating on the street--even when undertaken, say, because one is between appointments and has no other time to eat--displays [a] lack of self-control: It beckons enslavement to the belly. ... Lacking utensils for cutting and lifting to mouth, he will often be seen using his teeth for tearing off chewable portions, just like any animal. ... This doglike feeding, if one must engage in it, ought to be kept from public view, where, even if we feel no shame, others are compelled to witness our shameful behavior."