entropic_existence: Kinek: One last note. Dinosaurs>Morality. When was the last time Kant gave me velociraptors? Or Apatasauruses? I'll still take feathered archeaopteryx over the is-ought problem.I would love a real life Jurassic Park myself. Totally bad ass. Also, other than it basically being impossible to really clone dinosaurs (we can maybe reverse engineer them and make Pseudo-Dinosaurs) it isn't a bad idea. Crichton had to make a thriller of course but the notion that it would be inherently more dangerous than running a zoo or game preserve was downright stupid.
Kinek: I've sat around thinking that myself. Maybe in a hundred years, we'll understand the building blocks well enough that we can recreate what we think a dinosaur is. This is not a dinosaur, but fark it, it's good enough for me.
entropic_existence: Kinek: I've sat around thinking that myself. Maybe in a hundred years, we'll understand the building blocks well enough that we can recreate what we think a dinosaur is. This is not a dinosaur, but fark it, it's good enough for me.Something approximating a theropod will be the easiest in theory, since they will be so similar to modern birds. In molecular evolution we already do ancestral sequence reconstruction in a probabilistic fashion to estimate ancient sequences. We are also starting to do it with whole genomes. It won't be identical but in theory we can come up with rough probabilistic approximations of possible ancestral states.
Kinek: I'm so used to dealing with incomprehensibly massive genomes that I forget that you can actually do this with already known genomes.
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