Talk:Playing God (ethics)
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The page doesn't mention what has most recently become the biggest thing closest to playing God in the American public's eye: Cloning. Abortion is also considered playing God.
- Done! --->| SUB-Z3R0 |<--- 08:55, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I would not support the move. Playing God is different from artificial selection because it isn't limited to selection; it can be levied against any technological advancement, such as space exploration, that is deemed by the accuser to be beyond an ability that humans "ought" to have. -Just hope to help! (talk) 15:08, 19 January 2012 (UTC)
The expression "playing God" arises specifically in comparing the actions of an individual with the Judeo-Christian God, doesn't it? Lowercase gods like Zeus and Odin aren't closely tied to things like, say, creating life--as Frankenstein did when playing God. The God in "playing God" seems to usually be capitalized; in Wikipedia itself, most links to this page (as well as non-linked references to "playing God") capitalize "God."
I recommend this article be renamed "Playing God."
- "Playing" is an adverb, therefore "God" can't be used in the form of a proper noun. It should remain "god".
- The word "god" normally implies one of many, IE when talking about the god of one religion as opposed to another, or in a religion with multiple gods. Capitalized "God" refers to a single god, or the general concept of an all powerful "thing", no matter the religion. For example you could talk about what Muslums think about "God", even though they don't call him "God", because in English "God" is more than a name, it refers to any "main god". Sort of like "mother" and "father" can be used as names, although they're not person-specific. In the same way, Einstein talked of "God" as the universe, IE in a non-religous sense (not a personal god). Therefore I think "God" (capitalized) is appropriate. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 21:10, 11 April 2008 (UTC)
Off-topic political content
The "Malaysia government Playing God" and "Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe playing God" sections are off-topic.
This article concerns playing god. This, by definition, involves someone assuming the role of a god, or being perceived to do so. The Malaysian and Zimbabwean examples, however, are not like this. Instead, they merely consist of someone mentioning a god.
Therefore, these sections either need to be deleted, or moved to a different article.
What does the image currently placed have to do with playing god? It is the earth and the moon made into cubes? I am removing it for now until something thinks it is useful. Andrew Colvin (talk) 00:48, 21 February 2010 (UTC)