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A group of researchers from North Carolina State University have wired electronics to cockroaches and controlled them remotely from a Microsoft video game console. Using the joystick, scientists were able to move the insects left, right, or straight ahead.

Is it moral to remote control insects?

A group of researchers from North Carolina State University have wired electronics to cockroaches and controlled them remotely from a Microsoft video game console. Using the joystick, scientists were able to move the insects left, right, or straight ahead. According to ABC News, they used Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, the kind that grow to a monstrous several inches long. The immediate intention is for search and rescue in areas unsafe for human workers, such as earthquake zones or collapsed buildings. 

Now I realize not many are going to care much about cockroaches. But one of the cherished values of religions is our free will. Although God is sovereign over all that exists, he does not interfere with human free will. So what about insects? Do insects have free will also? And if they do, is it moral for human beings to interfere with the free will of cockroaches? To be fair, the scientists at NC State are not wired into the insect’s brains, they are stimulating their antennae. But still, are we daring to tread where even God does not even tread? And might this scary scheme eventually be applied to higher life forms. Like us?

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2 comments

  1. I’m all for it.
    Free will cockroaches? If one took that life of reasoning, no one would eat anything other than vegetables, and maybe not even those on the principle you present.

    What determines the morality of “use”?

    For me it’s truth found in the Bible and God’s genesis intents and directives for man and planet. Righteous use and replenishment, godly dominion and protection and wise stewardship and investment.

    I do not believe all of creation is morally equal or embodies the rights of free will. I think a horse an Ox and a cow were created by God for many uses. I don’t expect a cow to give permission to be a hamburger or provide milk for humans.

    I take honey and apples and catch fish to eat, even though a worm must die to catch that bass. I believe creation is a gift, a sacred gift, not unto itself alone but for others, as I believe all of us are intended to live in varying degrees, as well.

  2. Good points Eric, thanks for your insights!

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