Celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins has suggested that not wanting to eat human flesh may be an outdated notion, recently asking his Twitter followers how they felt about the subject.
His question came on the heels of an article that discussed the possibility.
The Daily Star reports: Linking to an article about lab-grown flesh, the evolutionary biologist (Dawkins) wrote: “I’ve long been looking forward to this,” he wrote. “What if human meat is grown? Could we overcome our taboo against cannibalism?”
He went to say the scientific breakthrough will be an “interesting test case for the consequentialist morality versus ‘yuck reaction’ absolutism.”
The question of whether people would eat artificially created human flesh has been raised before.
Matti Wilks, of at the University of Queensland, Australia, conducted a study into how people feel about the issue.
And unsurprisingly, only a tiny proportion of people would be prepared to eat lab-grown human, dog, cat or horse meat.
She said: “I can’t imagine that people who don’t want to eat human meat now would suddenly feel motivated to eat human meat when produced via cellular agriculture.”
The report continues: Just last year, scientists revealed they had created fake meat that “bleeds”.
The so-called “test tube” burgers were set to be the biggest gourmet trend of 2018 but have yet to make an impact on the food market.
According to the report, Dawkins’ Twitter followers seemed uncomfortable with the idea as well. One follower clarified a point for Dawkins, writing:“My pal. My buddy. Taboos are generally things we do NOT want to get over for many ethical and moral reasons.”