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Old August 4 2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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Keeping puppies as puppies

If there is a technology in Trek (tech the tech, babble the babbke) that would keep dogs as puppies instead of allowing them to grow up. Would it be unethical to use it?
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Old August 4 2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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Wouldn't such tech be the key to immortality?
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Old August 5 2013, 06:06 AM   #3
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It's Trek science. It does not have to make sense.
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Old August 5 2013, 07:39 AM   #4
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Re: Keeping puppies as puppies

They used that technology in 'Miri' but on children not puppies.
It didn't work out so well.

I know thats not what you're asking. The puppies would be kept as puppies for our amusement. I'm not sure how unethical it would be considering that humans neuter dogs and keep them on chains and leads. Would allowing them not to grow up be much worse?
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Old August 5 2013, 07:40 AM   #5
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It's probably more a case of Trek ethics. There are plenty of eternal life and eternal youth techniques available in Trek, but people apparently choose not to use them. Save for weirdos such as Dr. Giger in "In the Cards"...

Larry Niven uses such technology as "local color" in some of his Known Space short stories; parents choose to keep their children as children for decades just for the heck of it and so forth. Then again, Niven goes for "Huh?" applications of technology overall, to great dramatic effect, even without making those the centerpoint of his story.

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Old August 5 2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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Re: Keeping puppies as puppies

As someone who is getting frustrated with puppy potty training and dealing with a puppy that likes to bite toes, I would like to find technology that would speed up the growth cycle.
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Old August 5 2013, 03:30 PM   #7
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It's probably more a case of Trek ethics. There are plenty of eternal life and eternal youth techniques available in Trek, but people apparently choose not to use them. Save for weirdos such as Dr. Giger in "In the Cards"...

Larry Niven uses such technology as "local color" in some of his Known Space short stories; parents choose to keep their children as children for decades just for the heck of it and so forth. Then again, Niven goes for "Huh?" applications of technology overall, to great dramatic effect, even without making those the centerpoint of his story.

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There is also the admiral from Too Short a Season and thats about it.

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Old August 5 2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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Re: Keeping puppies as puppies

I'm still waiting for my Bonsai Kitten.
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Old August 5 2013, 08:40 PM   #9
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scotpens wrote: View Post
I'm still waiting for my Bonsai Kitten.
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