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Why Can't Humans Eat Humans?

An interesting question was posed to me that gave me pause. Technically if there is no God then we are just an advanced species of the animal kingdom. So why is it not OK to eat human meat?

If we actually look at the number of people all over the world who are starving and we compare this to the number of people who die every day aren't we wasting a lot of potential food?

Look at how we can process meat products today. With the different types of salts, flavorings, and preservatives we have access to we could probably make human flesh taste like good beef jerky. If human flesh was sold legally would you eat it?

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wombat said about 2 years ago ...

Maybe the key phrase here is, "Technically if there is no God." I recently watched a documentary about tribes still active that do/did (?) practice canabalisim "until they were introduced to religion." It weirded me out about as much as it did the man filming there. And remember the movie "Soylent Green?" (I think that was it) Anyway....creepy!

feather said about 2 years ago ...

Have you read A Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift?

reckoner said about 2 years ago ...

are you suggesting that we eat people that died for some other reason? I think that's what your'e getting at, but not 100% sure.

If so, why would God care? Second, is God the only reason you wouldn't eat human meat?

The real answer is that we evolved to not eat our own species. Species that eat themselves don't survive too long in most cases. Also, you can get all kinds of diseases from eating people, much more so than from eating other animals.

starchini said about 2 years ago ...

Yea I dont think god us at all the reason I dont grocery shop at the morgue..

wombat said about 2 years ago ...

Shop at the morgue....Ha....do they have "Liver Snaps?" "Kidney Pie?" "Toe-fu?"

sean_renaud said about 2 years ago ...

Would I eat it? Nope. Would I condemn someone who ate it? Maybe.

I'm not entirely certain how much we evolved not to eat each other so much as we learned via society not to do such a thing. I'll have to go and double check but off the top of my head I don't think there are a great many carnivores that turn down a free meal. They just don't actively hunt their own but within reason predators don't seem to hunt predators.

reckoner said about 2 years ago ...

"I'm not entirely certain how much we evolved not to eat each other so much as we learned via society not to do such a thing."

Very few animals eat their own species.

starchini said about 2 years ago ...

Oh wombie, ur funny, toe_fu tehehe

outlander said about 2 years ago ...

OMG "Toe-fu" !!!! That is hilarious! Wombat awesome. Star-shop at the morgue, that is funny, love it.

Feather- I have not, but if I am clear that is the book where the author proposes eating children as a cure for poverty and overpopulation? :)

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I think the reason for this post is to highlight that humans are virtually the only animal in this great kingdom that doesn't as a majority eat their own while every other animal would and does without hesitation. Why do we have to be starving or crazy?

Someone asked me if I was starving would I cannibalize another all ready deceased human in order to live and my answer is always the same, never. There is no single reason that would cause me to eat human flesh.

Of course evolution, if someone has more than one hair on their ass is must be evolution. That nonsense doesn't really fit because humans have been practicing cannibalism for a long time and there are cases in modern times. It is interesting that it is nearly universal on how it is taboo to an almost extreme.

Sean-Good point.

Reck-What if they could process human meat so that it was disease free and safe? Technically we have starving people and people that die and any kind of meat could be a lifesaving tool.

My religion candemns cannibalism, but for me it is getting past the slaughter. I could not imagine eating something that I had to visualize being carved off another human. Even if I didn't have to watch it I could not comprehend such a thing. This is a terrible subject and I feel dirty just talking about it :)

reckoner said about 2 years ago ...

"My religion candemns cannibalism"

It condemns lot's of things like banking and vanity. I'm guessing you don't have a problem with banks existing, right?

feather said about 2 years ago ...

Yes, that's the one. Obviously, he wasn't serious.

outlander said about 2 years ago ...

Reck-You sound like Joe Biden.

feather-I believe it is satire. I heard on Tosh.O the suggestion that if we ate people would Black people taste like chicken, would Hispanics taste spicy like tacos, Italians taste like garlic, people from Spain would taste like ham, French people would taste like shit, Germans like sour crout, Russians probably taste pickled, Asians bland like tofu, Australians?..eww sweaty..:)

reckoner said about 2 years ago ...

i'll never understand how christians pick and choose which sins they take seriously and which they don't.

sean_renaud said about 2 years ago ...

Seems that more than a few animals don't mind eating each other.

Its quickly shown with chickens for example that it doesn't take much to turn them and most domestic birds into raging cannibals like something out of a horror flick. Least that's what I read. They'll even eat eggs!

I'm fairly certain it's a combination of a learned behavior and something akin to no matter how hot your sister is she's not hot to you that's just kinda wired but clearly it can be over ridden.

Now I'm fairly certain that taking the poor people and feeding them to the slightly less poor is a terrible practice to get into for obvious reasons. I'm not about to go researching how dangerous it is to eat people. That squicks me out a bit too much. It seems like it would be rather healthy all things considered. Digestion is essentially taking whatever I eat and converting into me. Wouldn't it be easier to build me parts out of something as similar to me as possible?

starchini said about 2 years ago ...

Lets open the door to stem cells! We can clone people and just eat the clones!

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