I was recently made aware of some fairly disturbing scientific experiments.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Demikhovhttp://listverse.com/2008/09/07/top-10-unethical-psychological-experiments/
Two headed dogs, attempting to keep severed heads alive, attempted head transplants, dehumanizing participants as study data. Some of these studies were debunked as hoaxes, others however seem to be verified by reliable sources. A lot of it seemed to boil down to, "because we wanted to see if we could do it
I knew about the Milgram and prison studies. The Milgram experiment proved some fascinating data about how humans can be ordered to hurt or kill other humans. However, it was also judged horrifically immoral and any future attempts to replicate the experiment were banned.
I think we can all agree that things like helping people live longer, discovering new ways to treat mental illness, and finding new ways to treat pain is a good thing. Knowledge in general is good. However, how we reach those results
says a lot about us as human beings in my mind. I'm not interested in spamming sideshow horror pictures or videos. It made me ill enough to see it the first time.
Some people seem to have no problem with these sorts of experiments, citing that anything that advances medical science for humans is acceptable. Can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs is the rational. Others feel that there are boundaries that should not be crossed, even if they don't always agree what those boundaries are. That people should have some sense of responsibility for the pain they inflict, whether it's on humans or not.
When does science or otherwise go too far in your mind? If at all? Is there anything that can be done to prevent people from playing God? Or are such feelings just getting the way of "real" progress?