One of the many podcasts I listen to is Skeptically Speaking. In the most recent episode on Human Research Ethics one of the listeners asked a question that made me laugh, but also made me question and wonder what the answer really would be. Question is paraphrased here:
In the future if we manage to colonize another planet and discover life under the surface of that planet. How should we treat this life?
And bonus question, what if it is tasty?
Now I certainly don’t have the answer to this, but I am curious about the ideas of others.
Do we have a right to spread to other planets if we know that doing so would harm indigenous life on those planets?