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  1. #1 What are some immoral/unethical science experiments that have yet to be performed? 
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    I’m wondering as to what experiments could be done that others have not had the stomach to perform, but could be beneficial to the advancement of science and our understanding. We’ve currently got The Monster Study and the Stanford Prison Experiment among so many others that a simple Google search will give you. I want to know: What can you dream up?


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    Come on people, ideas, need them. I don’t know if this would classify as unethical, but I have always wanted to do the following experiments for educational purposes among children.

    Bison vs. Polar Bear
    Great White vs. Crocodile
    Bull Shark vs. Hippo

    It would be a simple test to determine for the children which would win in a battle. I mean seriously, how many times have kids asked you which would win and then throw out a big hypothetical?


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    I don't think any of those "experiments" would be beneficial to the advancement of science. Where is the science in them? What scientific insights might be gained from pitting animals against each other that would never be likely to meet in the wild?

    Here is an unethical experiment for you:

    Taking newborn babies from different cultures and races and putting them somewhere where they only interact with each other until adulthood - to gain insight into whether racial prejudice comes from nature or nurture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedFreek View Post
    Taking newborn babies from different cultures and races and putting them somewhere where they only interact with each other until adulthood - to gain insight into whether racial prejudice comes from nature or nurture.
    Hey, I was going to do that. But to find out if they would develop language in the first generation. We need more babies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedFreek View Post
    I don't think any of those "experiments" would be beneficial to the advancement of science. Where is the science in them? What scientific insights might be gained from pitting animals against each other that would never be likely to meet in the wild?
    To settle the dispute between children who constantly wonder about such things. Its science, not everything has to be a breakthrough in medical research. Anything that changes the way we see the world or our understanding of it is welcome. I get the feeling I should have left out “advancement in science” as that isn’t really what I intended, more of an irregular education type of appeal.
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    You know, you’re both making me think about Lord of the Flies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idontknowanything View Post
    What scientific insights might be gained from pitting animals against each other that would never be likely to meet in the wild?
    To settle the dispute between children who constantly wonder about such things. Its science, not everything has to be a breakthrough in medical research. Anything that changes the way we see the world or our understanding of it is welcome. I get the feeling I should have left out “advancement in science” as that isn’t really what I intended, more of an irregular education type of appeal.
    Heheh, children also wonder what happens to a spider if you pull its legs off, or to what surfaces will the things they extract from their nostrils adhere to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedFreek View Post
    Heheh, children also wonder what happens to a spider if you pull its legs off, or to what surfaces will the things they extract from their nostrils adhere to!
    That’s still science, your point?
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    Since nature/evolution has a way of adapting to new situations and problems, how about creating a miniture radiation filled space like enviroment and try using insects and animals to adapt to the new conditions. Would be cruel but might help develop technology to protect humans from radiation dangers of space travel.
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    I’ve been thinking of getting a female chimpanzee to see about impregnating it. It’s not illegal to impregnate a female chimpanzee (that I know of) and I sort of want to know if a hybrid is possible.
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