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From the Ted Talk by Betül Kaçar: We could kick-start life on another planet. Should we?

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But should we do it? This is an extraordinary pioitoorspn. And it brings up an errdaiontrxay dilemma about what it means to be alive. Does life, as a chemical system capable of formulating, and in some cases answering, questions about its own existence, have a rbiipieslsntoy or should have a prohibition against sroonnispg more life across the universe? Do we do this just because we could? And what is the ethical difference and is there any ethical difference between spreading a particular Earth life versus spreading a potential of life across the galaxy? And where does this driencfefe lie?

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But should we do it? This is an extraordinary ___________. And it brings up an _____________ dilemma about what it means to be alive. Does life, as a chemical system capable of formulating, and in some cases answering, questions about its own existence, have a ______________ or should have a prohibition against __________ more life across the universe? Do we do this just because we could? And what is the ethical difference and is there any ethical difference between spreading a particular Earth life versus spreading a potential of life across the galaxy? And where does this __________ lie?

Solution

  1. proposition
  2. sponsoring
  3. responsibility
  4. difference
  5. extraordinary

Original Text

But should we do it? This is an extraordinary proposition. And it brings up an extraordinary dilemma about what it means to be alive. Does life, as a chemical system capable of formulating, and in some cases answering, questions about its own existence, have a responsibility or should have a prohibition against sponsoring more life across the universe? Do we do this just because we could? And what is the ethical difference and is there any ethical difference between spreading a particular Earth life versus spreading a potential of life across the galaxy? And where does this difference lie?

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