For some time, HAD has been keen to create a comprehensive study on perspectives with regard to the value of scientific research on our ancestors. The spectrum of opinion is vast, from those who believe there is no justification for any research, to those for whom every piece of knowledge is of significant importance. One of the issues we have found at HAD is that very often those who hold one perspective do not really know or understand the reasons why others have such different views. This HAD project is therefore fundamentally one of education: why do people believe what they do about the value of this research?
We are asking some key people in the debate on ancestors (‘human remains’) the following three key questions:
(a) What is the value of scientific study on ancestral (human) remains?
(b) What would be the implications if it were not possible to carry out this research?
(c) What benefits does this study bring to our world?
The answers will be posted on this page. If you would like to make a suggestion for a contributor, or would like to offer answers yourself, please do get in touch.