Atheist Richard Dawkins: 'What if Human Meat is Grown? Could We Overcome Our Taboo Against Cannibalism?'

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | March 8, 2018 | 12:39 PM EST

Richard Dawkins. 

The liberal world's favorite Darwinist and favorite atheist, Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, recently expressed his support for meat grown in a laboratory, so-called "clean meat," and wondered what if "human meat is grown" and could this help us to "overcome our taboo against cannibalism?"

Today, scientists are able to produce animal-free "meat," such as chicken, beef, turkey and fish, grown in a lab from the cells of these animals. Supporters of this enterprise, such as Memphis Meats, see it as a way to reduce slaughter-house-style meat and help the environment by reducing the greenhouse gases emitted in the production, care, harevesting, etc., of animals on the farm. 


In response to an article in The Independent about the availability of "clean meat" for consumers this year, Dawkins, an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, tweeted, "Tissue culture 'clean meat' already in 2018? I've been looking forward to this."

"What if human meat is grown?" said Dawkins. "Could we overcome our taboo against cannibalism? An interesting test case for consequentialist morality versus 'yuck reaction' absolutism."

Dawkins clearly thinks it is time for society to overcome its aversion to harvesting the flesh of other human beings and then eating it.

A scene from the 1931 film 'Frankenstein,' based on the novel by Mary Shelley.  (YouTube) 















As Dawkins is an atheist, this should come as no surprise. He believes the entire universe was created by some sort of accident and that, essentially, all that exists are atoms randomly smashing into each other. Morality and truth are not absolute. They change. All is chance.

Manufacture human meat in a lab for consumption by other humans -- what could possibly be wrong with that?



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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman