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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Rick Abrams ricka at praline.no.NeoSoft.com
Wed Feb 22 17:12:31 EST 1995

In article <1995Feb16.195246.21890 at news.media.mit.edu>,
Marvin Minsky <minsky at media.mit.edu> wrote:
>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.

Nonsense. Puberty and mental maturity are not one and the same.
Consider puberty more of an activation of sexuality, in humans
it is then a constant state; in most animals, it's an annual


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