The 23rd Ordinary Meeting of the Literary and Scientific Society took place on the 8th of May in the Senate Room.
Viorel Vlad, Owen Wright and Beth Malcolmson stood in proposition of cloning extinct species. Vlad stated that many aspects of biology being researched are linked and come together and we won’t know how much we can achieve until we do something. Owen continued by stating that by cloning extinct species we would rectify some of humanities mistakes. By increasing biodiversity we could be lead to medical cures. Malcolmson stated that the fact it is possible is reason enough to clone and that it is a process that will constantly improve. She said it was our responsibility to bring back species but that it should be a heavily regulated process.
Nic Brinza, Nick Millington and Derek Crosby spoke for opposition. Brinza admitted that in the past he got caught up in the awesome prospect of having pet dinosaur but that this just showed our susceptibility to only seeing the good but ignoring the dangers. Millington told the House that all cloning extinct species would do was to perfect the technique, but that our environment would gain nothing by bringing a species back. Crosby’s closing remarks focused on cloning angering God and that’s why he hit dinosaurs with a giant rock and some stuff about humans being a hardcore species covered in the hide of others.
The debate then went to the floor, a vote and the motion passed.
The 18th Ordinary Meeting of the 165th session of the Literific took place on the 13th of March in the Senate Room.
Jonny Finlay, Oran Kennedy and Paddy Mallon spoke in favour of bionic humanity. Finlay opened the debate saying that we already have bionic humanity. He argued it was good for advancing humanity and that in this way it is a part of natural evolution. Kennedy said that on a level the input of film, literature and video games has made us realise how wonderful bionic humanity can be. He said that if the technology exists to help a person we cannot deny them it and that ultimately it allows humanity to progress. Mallon determined by welcoming bionic humanity people could have a second chance at work and life but that it was also sheer awesome.
Calvin Black, Owen Wright and Nick Millington all opposed the motion! Black mentioned the increase in selling limbs and being attacked and also how much easier it would be to kill someone if you had guns in your limbs (hence shooting President Kydd, which he did, with a toy gun). Wright warned the House of the dangers of bionic humanity and determined that it would reinforce the divide between classes as the rich would have it first and do we really want a robotic Donald Trump? Millington said bionic humanity was a concern and that currently we are limited by our technology but that we will advance rapidly in the coming years
The debate then went to the floor. We went to a vote and the motion passed.
The 15th Ordinary Meeting of the 165th Session of the Literific took place on the 20th of February in the Senate Room.
Jess Liningstone, David Cather and Professor David Glass supported the motion. Livingstone explained that in a situation where you can’t determine if or if not a God exists, it comes down to faith to make you decide. Cather determined that the world is far too finely balanced to not have something intervene. Prof. Glass concluded by telling the House that the universe would make more sense if a god did exist. He said that without religion and belief, many scientists would not have discovered what we have today as they wouldn’t have gone looking for God.
Ciaran Gallagher, Nick Millington and Paddy Mallon. C’p’n Gallagher focused on not offending people and accepted that it is a personal issue but that there is insufficient evidence to prove a god’s existence. Mr Millington said it was important for the House to understand his bias as an atheist and so while you can’t say there is a god or that there isn’t, you also can’t say there’s a mystical teapot floating about the universe. Mallon decided to pull a ‘Jonny Gallagher’ as it is so called within the Society (See 1967 Abortion Act Minutes) and said he didn’t believe there was ‘a’ God, but instead a load of them. Batman, something Irish Mythology reduces gods to fairies, to pixies.
We then went to the Floor. Both sides summarised, sand the motion then went to a vote and was defeated with 10 abstentions, 18 ayes and 26 nays.