Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Marvin Minsky minsky at media.mit.edu
Thu Feb 16 14:52:46 EST 1995


In article <Pine.SOL.3.91.950216084602.6365B-100000 at corona> Patrick O'Neil <patrick at corona> writes:

>It could certainly help but think of what this would mean in terms of you 
>as a parent.  You would be taking care of your children for however long 
>it took for them to mature.  Instead of 18 to 22 years of rearing per 
>child, you could end up with 20 to 30 years of parenting per child.  Of 
>course, such a daunting reality might itself lead to a lower birthrate as 
>people who couldn't handle the extra time opted out of having kids.

Puberty usually means onset of sexual maturity.  It might be mainly
because of *that* that you have to "take care" of them after 12.


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