Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering
jnor at FREENET.SCRI.FSU.EDU
Tue Mar 28 12:33:10 EST 1995
On Thu, 2 Mar 1995, Peter Merel wrote:
> okx at extro (Philip Rhoades) writes:
> >pete at extro (Peter Merel) writes:
> I think that it is unfair to suggest that greed and fear dominate all human
> activities, but I grant that they are very popular motivations and won't go
> away soon. However they are not incommensurable with peace and riches.
how about 99%? and perhaps he didn't mean you (individually) but
> When houses can be built from the equivalent of Jack's magic beans, when
> food can be constructed out of thin air, when living space, clean water,
> medicine and plentiful energy are available in abundance, the only real
> poor will be the politically disenfranchised.
sort of like now, huh? i personally think it rather naive to think that
the myth of scarcity is anything but a myth.
i think that there is certainly enough for everyone (at least everyone
extant now) if we could wrest most of it away from the 'richest' 1 percent
> >The third path is: reduction of world population (in the developed world
> ethical way to do it, I think, is to modify human fertility. Not to
> one would be fertile until the age of 30, and so that no one would be
> fertile after the age of 40.
back on topic ..aging remember?
i like this idea of inhibiting fertility until, say , 30 (but not the top
limit) for a couple of generations, and then raising the age to 40 for
a few more, then 50, then 60 and on to select for long and virile
lives wouldn't we eventually be a race of humans who live to be in
>Of course the real problem with this is
> not how to engineer it, but how to introduce it without getting lynched
> by religious fundamentalists ...
simple: we stop electing them to congress/office.
> >...pessimistic about our ability to survive on the planet for to
> >much longer).
c'mon don't be obtuse we can only foul our nest for so long.
> Look at the information economy that exists now, and imagine what the world
> will be like when the material economy takes the same form.
what do you mean, exactly?
>...but it can solve any problem that is based on
> resource scarcity - which is one hell of a lot of problems, imho.
ahhh that myth again are you sure YOU'RE not a fundamentalist?
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ohh that helps btw i have some land in florida.....
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