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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

John de Rivaz John at longevb.demon.co.uk
Tue Feb 14 02:39:07 EST 1995

In article: <Pine.SOL.3.91.950212144723.16568A-100000 at corona>  Patrick 
O'Neil <patrick at corona> writes:
> Conversely, I have considered the wideer ramifications of such 
> manipulations and capabilities and have come to the conclusion that 
> significant life extension in general would be disastrous.  The worl 
There are a few points I would like to raise here.

1. That made by George Bernard Shaw - people living longer lives would be 
personally concerned about the future and have less need to reproduce.

2. As population growth is exponential, if everyone who ever died was 
resurrected, it would only double the world's population. And we are taling 
about life extension, not resurrection.

3. by refusing life extension research on the grounds of population, we are 
doing the same thing as saying to old people that we will not give you 
access to medical treatment because we want to make room for someone else, 
and that expands into "we will kill you to make room for someone else".

4. Some children were once asked if they met god, what would they ask. One 
said: "Why do you go on making more people when you don't look after those 
you have got?"

5. It is uneconomic to pay to educate new people if we can go on getting 
contributions from those we have already educated.

Further comments welcomed, please.

Sincerely,     ****************************************       
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