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Title: Newsweek: Time to Rethink Taboo on Cannibalism?
Source: FromThe Trenches/Breitbart
URL Source: https://fromthetrenchesworldreport. ... nk-taboo-on-cannibalism/252984
Published: Aug 22, 2019
Author: Thomas D Williams, PhD
Post Date: 2019-08-23 08:49:05 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 76
Comments: 5

Breitbart – by Thomas D Williams, PhD

Since cannibalism is found throughout the animal kingdom and therefore is something natural, perhaps it is time for humans to rethink the “ultimate taboo” against eating human flesh, Newsweek proposes in an article Wednesday.

There is nothing necessarily unethical or unreasonable about eating human flesh, declare psychologists Jared Piazza and Neil McLatchie of Lancaster University, but careful reasoning over the merits of cannibalism is often “overridden by our feelings of repulsion and disgust.” 

While not going so far as to recommend cannibalism, saying “there is no need to overcome our repulsion for the foreseeable future,” the two authors suggest that humans could master their aversion for human flesh if they needed to.

“Many people develop disgust for all kinds of meat, while morticians and surgeons quickly adapt to the initially difficult experience of handling dead bodies,” they note. “Our ongoing research with butchers in England suggests that they easily adapt to working with animal parts that the average consumer finds quite disgusting.”

Moreover, the psychological revulsion experienced over the prospect of consuming human flesh is not the product of reason and may even contradict reason, they argue in Wednesday’s article, which originally appeared last week in The Conversation.

“Survivors of the famous 1972 Andes plane crash waited until near starvation before succumbing to reason and eating those who had already died,” they propose.

All sorts of animals eat members of their own species, from spadefoot tadpoles and Australian redback spiders to gulls and pelicans, they state.

And cannibalism can even be found among mammals, they add, such as with many rodents as well as bears, lions, and chimpanzees.

Yet humans seem entrenched in their conviction that anthropophagy is simply wrong, no matter how many conditions are placed on hypothetical scenarios.

Human revulsion toward cannibalism stems from our tendency to associate “personhood and flesh,” the authors propose, even when the flesh in question is no longer living.

Even if we can bring ourselves to deem cannibalism morally acceptable, they contend, “we can’t silence our thoughts about the person it came from” and so our “bias” against eating human flesh persists.

“The way we interact with animals shapes the way we categorize them. Research shows that the more we think of animals as having human properties—that is, as being ‘like us”’—the more we tend to think they’re gross to eat,” they note.

While noting in passing that “philosophers have argued that burying the dead could be wasteful in the context of the fight against world hunger,” the authors ultimately do not propose breaking this taboo “for now,” saying that “we’re as happy as you are to continue accepting the ‘wisdom of repugnance.’”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/22/newsweek-time-to-rethink-taboo-on-cannibalism/


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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

How about rethinking the current taboo about stoning whores and queers? How about rethinking the national stance on the death penalty and how many appeals a pervert murderer can submit? Execute all drug dealers, kidnappers, child molesters and government crooks like Ukranian Joe and the Klinton family?

Ram term limits down the gluttonous throats of Congressrats and edict that the terms for senators be limited to two four year terms with the respective states paying ALL of his or her overhead. They would not be selected by popular vote, but appointed by their state legislatures. Representatives would be allowed four two year terms and be selected by their appropriate districts who would pay their total cost.

The president would be limited to two six year terms and NO campaigns would be allowed until the last six months of each term.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2019-08-23   11:26:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

When I was a high school punk, I remember the vague sense of unease I had after reading the news stories in such like national news rags. It fed the growing sense that somene was trying to run a game on me.

It was small surprize to learned that WAPO was forced to get rid of the whole operation for the price of a small sack of tacos.

www.thestreet.com/story/1...n-post-sold-newsweek-for- 1.html

What idiots still read this horribe tripe?

randge  posted on  2019-08-23   14:46:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

What human meat do Jared Piazza and Neil McLatchie recommend?

At last check, Mexican meat was too greasy, Italian meat was too oily, and Irish meat was just too damn expensive.

nolu chan  posted on  2019-08-23   16:02:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

... Rethink Taboo on Cannibalism?

I see that you find cannibalism an interesting subject to post for discussion.

That brings up a question: Is consensual cannibalism permitted under the libertarianism philosophy?

As you contemplate your answer, remember that the libertarianism philosophy boldly states people are to be totally free of any government interference in order that they can conduct their lives in any manner they desire, engage in any activity they desire so long as long as those actions are consensual and peaceful and do not violate the personal property rights of others.

With that in mind, can the answer to the question I posed to you be anything other than – Yes, consensual cannibalism is permitted under the principles of the libertarianism philosophy.

Gatlin  posted on  2019-08-23   16:22:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: nolu chan (#3)

Cannibal Husband-I don’t like your Mother.

Cannibal Wife- Try the potatoes.

***

Two cannibals were having supper. “Your wife makes great soup” said one to the other.

“Yes” agreed the first, “but I am going to miss her terribly.”

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-08-23   16:45:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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