Would we have an obligation to revive a long dead alien civilisation.

Posted by: Gareth_BM

This poll was inspired by an amazing video made earlier by Issac Arther https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7fLNvpl0c8&lc=z13wyjxylo2lgfcm222bhz0pxvjrjjk3g.1492109138552209. While exploring a far off star you come across an alien race that was mostly wiped out but preserved a small number of people for millions of year. Do you have a moral obligation to revive them them.

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No

There is no moral obligation to save a dead race, their time is done.
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6 comments
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Yes

You are obligated to use any plausible method to reanimate the dead.
5 votes
1 comment
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Wake sleeping/frozen people

You are obligated revive any aliens locked in cryosleep or some similar method but you have no obligation to recreate them if only genetic material survived.
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Swagnarok says2017-04-13T20:53:36.8964795Z
We have an obligation towards them so long as their revival does not constitute a threat to us and so long as their revival isn't unreasonably expensive for us.
Swagnarok says2017-04-13T20:53:58.7052795Z
We have an obligation towards them so long as their revival does not constitute a threat to us and so long as their revival isn't unreasonably expensive for us.
Swagnarok says2017-04-13T20:55:40.1297345Z
The question is a simple one: if we went extinct, wouldn't we want another species to revive us?
Swagnarok says2017-04-13T20:55:52.8504795Z
The question is a simple one: if we went extinct, wouldn't we want another species to revive us?
FreedomBeforeEquality says2017-04-23T23:57:06.7189944Z
But revive us into what world exactly? As it stands we are sort of "masters of our own universe". Reviving us into a different time and place could very well be more of a punishment than a favor. If we were being revived only to be in a Jurassic Park of humans, for instance, then I think i'd see a moral issue there. If that's all we were being revived for then that would seem wrong to me. Theres no way they could revive us to what we are at present, so anything less would be a bastardization of what humanity was. We would probably be better off remaining extinct if it came to that.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2017-04-24T00:07:17.2717944Z
What if it wasn't even another species? What if you revived some single person, long dead, into this world we live in now? Their family is long gone, they know nothing of our culture, their habits and everything they may have loved to do before are probably all banned by law now. Theyd be archaic and totally out of place. It would be a punishment to them really. And that doesn't even address what spiritually could be going on there. They would have essentially met their maker and youd have stripped them away from that peace to be back here on earth again? That's somewhat cruel. It just all sounds like a lot of grey area that I wouldn't even want to dance around in. Not when the resources could be spent on something else. I mean, if youre reviving people then you already solved the longevity issue anyways. Just let people make the conscious choice from that moment onward to either stay alive or to die. At that point anyone you'd be "reviving" would have wanted to be dead and youd actually be going against their will. Its kinda crazy to think about really.
Gareth_BM says2017-06-01T13:58:01.4501801Z
Well I see no reason that a spacefaring civilisation who revived humanity couldn't happily give the few remaining humans a country to themselves, plus I don't know about you but i'd prefer to have to struggle to adjust to a new environment than be dead.

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