People Divulge Which Scientific Experiment They'd Want To See Results For If It Weren't Unethical
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We're only human.

It's not healthy to deny ourselves the thought experiments or thinking trails which creep into our brains. It might feel icky in the moment to imagine something horrible happening to someone somewhere, don't run away from it. Explore it, work through it, because it's the only way to assess what sort of human you are. Ultimately, so long as you never act on these dark impulses and darker analyses, it's all fine.

Still, the mind will wander.


Reddit user, numbnesstolife, wanted to know what you would want to know the answer to when they asked:

"What’s a scientific experiment you’d be fascinated to see the results of, but could never be conducted due ethical concerns?"

Pushing the human body to its absolute limit is something we think we already do. However, some of these experiments prove we're not really taking anything to any limit.

Let's Start Off Strong: Drowning Humans

"Dr Curt Richter conducted an experiment with rats that essentially concluded that the presence of hope could prolong the ability to stay alive when faced with life-threatening circumstances."

"During the first part of the experiment, rats were put in a bucket of water. After about 15 minutes the rat would begin to drown. The scientist plucked the rat out of the bucket of water merely seconds before death."

"After a couple of days the scientist repeated this process. However, instead of drowning after 15 minutes of treading water, some of the rats survived for up to 2 and half days."

"The scientist concluded that the rats were able to continue swimming because they retained the HOPE of being rescued, as this is what they experienced during the first trial."

"It would be interesting to see how the concept of hope influences humans under similar circumstances."

Public_Bullfrog_382

We Want Our Athletes Like Our Video Games

"I'd like to know how how much of a human body could be replaced by cybernetics."

"I imagine we have/could make a good enough equivalent to quite a few organs but other organs I doubt could be replaced as easily"

"It would also be interesting to see the mental impact of having so much of your body replaced."

northraider123

"My brother and I have talked a lot about a special version of the Olympics where the competitors can use whatever and however many performance enhancing drugs they want just to push the absolute limits of what humans can do. We figure it probably wouldn’t pan out though, since most of the athletes would probably just push themselves to death."

NoLifeMax

Sure, yes, don't mess with the animals. Leave them out of it. They've done nothing to be brought into the silly and inappropriate affairs of humans.

But, what if...

Think Of The Flees

"See if we can persuade a group of wolves to raise a child."

ReadinII

"I remember hearing about a study where scientists tried to raise a baby chimp alongside a human baby to see if the monkey would act more like a human. They had to cut the study short because the human started acting too much like a monkey."

clcjvalk

Sure, Babies But Tell Me More About That Swole Gorilla​

  1. "Give a baby a proportioned weight vest all it’s life, increasing the weight as it gets older. When it’s 11, will it be able to jump as high as all the other kids because it’s body has adapted? If yes, when we take it off can It jump much higher?"
  2. "How strong can we get a gorilla by giving it a bench press set."

"I would not support either of these experiments for ethical reasons irl, but they would be cool."

scemscem

Who says these experiments have to be placed in the realm of reality?

...What WOULD Happen?

"I'm curious what happens if I isolate a person from, say, the color blue until the age of 10 and then put her in a room full of blue things."

HarmoniumSong

Why Start So Small?

"I'd create an exact clone of me as a baby and send him to be raised somewhere else, by people who are as different from my parents as I can find, then meet up with him once he's, say, 30, and see how differently we turned out in terms of personality"

WesleyPatterson

"For actual valuable scientific data, you would need to make at least 20 clones of the same baby."

Coc0tte

Just How Far Can We Take Pregnant Ladies?

"Any experiment that checks to see if a medicine is safe for pregnant ladies to consume... Would require trials of pregnant ladies consuming the medications before we knew the medications were completely safe."

"There are precious few Pregnancy Category A medicines."

"Most medications (like acetaminophen aka tylenol) given to pregnant women are under Category B, "Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women."

lub-shh-dub

"Yup, pretty much any experiment on pregnant ladies/babies."

"Not in, like, a disturbing horror movie way, but the kind of stuff you're talking about. The effects of various medications, various levels of alcohol consumption, testing how much shellfish and coffee actually effect a fetus's wellbeing... etc."

"Basically just thoroughly testing all the stuff that doctors disagree on regarding pregnant women and babies, like whether one glass of wine every once in a while really is okay or if any alcohol consumption at all is enough to negatively effect the fetus. It'd be nice to have definitive answers to those sorts of things."

"I can't imagine any way in which doing such experiments would be anywhere close to ethical, however, so we'll probably never have those answers."

DumpstahKat

Were There Be As Many Issues As There Are Now?

"It would be cool if we could somehow bring back different species of human that went extinct. Like Neanderthals, denisovans, etc. and see how they’d differ, if at all, from us if raised in a modern society. It’s been talked about, but likely will never happen due to ethical concerns."

jackiepoo0804

To reiterate, we would never condone any of these experiments.

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