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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Patrick O'Neil patrick at corona
Thu Feb 16 17:06:46 EST 1995

On Thu, 16 Feb 1995, Marvin Minsky wrote:

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

Taking care of a child beyond the onset of physiologic changes leading to 
sexual maturity is only part of the need for continued care and 
guidance.  The fact that mental and emotional development and maturity 
still requires more time is a major reason.  Couple this to the 
burgeoning sexual development and they definitelyu require continued 

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