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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
cycle.

-- 
rha




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