Setting a Standard for Ethical Behavior in ISKCON
After two years of research, writing, and debate, the GBC recently ratified and voted into ISKCON law a Code of Ethical Behavior. We spoke with the Code’s author, Yogesvara dasa, about the background to the Code and what changes he hopes to see in Srila Prabhupada’s movement thanks to its passage.
I agree with the Moral Naturalists that it is possible to better understand human nature through the study of animal behavior. Beyond that our paths diverge sharply.
Plugging the Integrity Leak: Lessons from the Mahabharata
Developing character and integrity requires time and investment. But without such a solid foundation, we can only expect more disasters like the BP oil spill.
Mom, Spiritual Economics and Bhakti-yoga
History and Ethics of Genetic Engineering
You are standing outside a burning building. The flames and smoke are getting denser, but there is still one way to enter the building. Trapped inside it are the following beings:
- Your beloved mother.
- A Nobel-prize-winning scientist that is close to discovering a cure for cancer.
- A highly intelligent ape that may unlock the secrets of the missing link.
Suppose today if by biotechnology it were possible to produce a person of the same size and shape of Einstein, will such a person possess the same intelligence and personality of Einstein? The answer is no. Biotechnology cannot copy the spiritual nature of a person. Thus, the idea that life could be mechanistically recreated by incorporating existing DNA into an already existing natural process does not seem to be a correct one and further indicates that life is beyond physical characteristics.