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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Chris421 chris421 at gate.net
Wed Mar 1 05:53:03 EST 1995

Hold on there.  The population trend (unbridled escalation) does put
humanity in an awkward position.  But before anyone starts murdering
billions consider this.  Instead of engineering a virus that fills the
graveyards, how bout targeting the genital tract.  If such a facility
exists where by Red Deathes can be conjured up in 30 minutes or less,
surely it could spare a few extra computer cycles to produce a kinder,
gentler strain to decimate humankind (or at least future HK).  A global
sterilization...Imbued with a great freedom--an un-legacy if you will,
allowing yet another bio-anomaly (that had it coming) to be swept up under
the mat of evolution???  Err..maybe not, but imagine all the wondrous
exercises in & of futility :)

Perry E. Metzger (perry at snark.imsi.com) wrote: 

: In article <Pine.SOL.3.91.950214212319.18448A-100000 at corona> Patrick O'Neil <patrick at corona> writes:

: >> Drexler's ideas suggest a future of boundless wealth, opportunity and
: >> adventure, not for a few billion, but for trillions. Drexler's science

: >I know of his fantasies.

: Fantasies? I'm afraid that you don't seem to have a rational viewpoint
: here. Drexler's work is, sorry to say for you, a reality. STMs have
: already been used to nanoposition individual atoms. Genetic
: engineering already produces perfect macromolecules to nearly to
: specification. One or the other of these technologies will lead us to
: nanotech within fifty years at most. However, I find the fact that you
: are an evil individual on a Hitlerian scale far more disturbing than
: your ignorance. You said:

: >I would just as soon engineer a virus strain that is aerosol 
: >transmissible, perhaps a hemmorhagic flu, in order to correct the 
: >population bomb downward towards the 2 to 3 billion mark than live in 
: >utter muck with trillions.

: How dare you plot the deaths of billions of people? You are the lowest
: form of scum on the planet. Does the suffering and murder of literally
: billions of people not even phase you? Or are you simply one of those
: disgusting lefty amoralists that thinks that mass murder is okay so
: long as its for the good of the cause -- Pol Pot being one of your
: fellow travelers.

: I assure you that were I in the room with you right now, and if I
: thought that you were seriously able to carry out your threat, I would
: have no hesitation whatsoever about killing you in self defense. I do
: not care to see the deaths or suffering of all those I hold dear so
: that a creature like you can feel good about the planet being empty.

: --
: Perry Metzger		perry at imsi.com
: --
: "Just another selfish, me first kind of guy."

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