It is most important, he said, to never
Ascribe to your subjects the feelings,
Intentions, and desires of humans.
You must make assiduous reports
Of behavior devoid of motive or
Explanation. The maternal adult screamed
But never wailed in sorrow, for
We cannot assume she is capable
Of sorrow. We cannot assume
Her frantic clamoring expresses
Either desperation or lamentation for
The infant stolen from her hours before.
We cannot assume she feels what
Humans feel or, indeed, is capable
Of thoughts or intentions at all.
But do remember that our work
Is important, as these specimens
Are perfect subjects for the study
Of human medicine. Their biology
And neurology is so similar to human
Biology that we can safely assume
That any treatments developed
For them will have similar effects
On their human counterparts.
What is safe for your subjects
Will be safe and beneficial for
Humans. Any deleterious effects
Must be recorded, of course,
As you have an obligation to humanity.
Your aim is to improve human well-being.