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KnudsonSusie
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ComradeNickie
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It would be ethical to give yourself superpowers.

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Started: 4/3/2015 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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KnudsonSusie

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It is ethical to give yourself superpowers. Isn't a superpower just a tool and why wouldn't we want to get any advantages in life that we could. We could consider medical advances such as prosthetic limbs superpowers because it gives someone incapable of using arms or legs the ability to do so.
ComradeNickie

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Well are you talking about actual abilities we have now like prosthetic limbs or are we talking about super powers like Superman?

Well first off in the world of superpowers we look at people who have them. This is done primarily by looking at comic books and the movies/shows/games that are inspired by them. The ability to have extra human like abilities is definitely neat but if you look at comics most people are given the powers due to an accident or an item or are simply born with them. Most of these characters have alter egos and try to live out the other part of their lives in secret. But we also see, usually in the case of villains, that these characters who gain these powers can use and abuse them stealing things, trying to take over the world, or even killing other people. There are even comics where normally good characters suddenly go bad by selfishness or wanting so much order that it hurts others. (EX Superman Red Son).

It is not ethical to give yourself or others these new powers simply because it is a turning away from our genetic humanity. We reject ourselves as humans in exchange for laser vision. And like I said before we also have to consider people abusing these powers either through being selfish or by trying to a black and white judge, jury, and executioner. Not to mention dictators gaining the ability to forcibly create a race of super soldiers to do their bidding. What if Hitler had gotten the super soldier serum back and made an army of Captain Americas to fight for the third reich. Hell what would have happened if the doctor who had given Captain America his powers had not been killed and instead created that army for the US? It is this grasp of power that people should not be allowed to give themselves in order to keep what little peace we have.

Now in the real world we do not have the issue of people getting exposed to radiation and gaining super strength, they most likely would just get cancer and die. Because of this we look at this arguement from the third person talking about other fictional characters gaining powers rather than Ms. Crabtree down the lane.

Now on the side of medical advances like prosthetic lymbs. I don't really think these count as superpowers but rather a attempt of getting someone back to normal. When people lose limbs they are not given brand new ones that are strong and faster than they were before, most of them, though impressive are still very low tech compared to what we see in movies (Like Luke Skywalker's new hand.) The tech we have now lacks behind what we are given genetically and a prosthetic hand will not fully replace all the features and functions of having a real hand.
Debate Round No. 1
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