And, if you're hoping to save the species and climb up the Kardashev scale of levels of technological development of civilisations, I think you'll be dissappointed - not that you're likely to live long enough to find out even given various antisenescence technologies which might come along while you're still alive.
So? Who said I would?
I get that you're the kind of person who wants to improve the human condition and ensure the future of the species. Just remember that most people don't care at all about the future of the species or space colonization, and have never heard of the Kardashev scale.
Why has Idiocracy
not taken full hold then? A minority of people do have a disproportionate influence on society
Sure, you can go around like Ray Kurzweil, writing books and giving talks. I just wouldn't get my hopes up too much.
It sounds like you're trying to deter me. Why is that?
Just so that you know, I never look at Youtube links anymore. Go ahead and post them, just don't expect me to respond to them.
Commentary on ICP - Miracles
Brainbombs - Anne Frank
Best of Reverend X Pt. 1
Lady Gaga feat. Dr. Robotnik - Pingasface
Finally, as a side note, why do you keep changing your nickname/avatar? I really am just curious. It doesn't bother me, though some people might find it confusing.
Well, why not?
I'm not Death personified anymore, I'm a faithful veteran soldier
The failure of GE would be that unless the world was sterilized of the those currently living, success would be a crap shoot.
People who breed in large numbers don't have much influence though so idk
We still don't know enough about genetics to create a "super race".
That means: try harder
As soon as you start playing with single gene mutations, recessive traits become more pronounced. So now, instead of creating something that's better, you may actually wind up with something that's worse.
Watch that fetus then
And hope it doesn't develop a nervous system before it must be aborted
Regardless of the existing state of technology, and the "pure science" involved, you will always have those that twist it for their own demented ideals. Creating utopia via genetics may be popular science fiction reading, but in reality, it's nothing more than a pipe dream. http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/appeal-to-ridicule.html
The Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an "argument." This line of "reasoning" has the following form:
- X, which is some form of ridicule is presented (typically directed at the claim).
- Therefore claim C is false.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because mocking a claim does not show that it is false. This is especially clear in the following example: "1+1=2! That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!"
You'll have to do better than this
I agree. We've only just begun to understand the human genome. It's far too early to start tinkering with it. Even treating certain heritable diseases (e.g. cystic fibrosis) with genetic engineering caries certain risks. Along similar lines, it so happens that sickle cell anemia, a disorder fairly common among Africans and people of African descent, is linked to a gene which also confers a degree of resistance to malaria. Do we really want to start altering things?
Why should we allow malaria to continue to exist?
I mean if we had a bunch of smart people working on eliminating or providing a vaccine for malaria, sickle cell anemia would not be necessary would it
Also, Triarus Fidelis, some people have responded with fear to your suggestions. The ability to feel fear is a trait acquired via natural selection. It's what keeps you from getting run over when a car is about to hit you. Just because fear is non-rational doesn't mean it's a bad thing.
It's perfectly rational to be fearful if it saves you from getting hit by a car, if your goal is to remain alive
If your goal is to increase societal welfare and you don't use a very useful means to bring about that end, then you are being irrational
Also, another thing about your nickname - I was just re-reading this thread and I realized that there were a lot of references to somebody called "Doden" ... who is now no longer a person who posted here, or anywhere in the Vector Linux forums, for that matter.
I take back what I wrote about you changing your nick. It does bother me. It's disingenuous. It's inconsiderate. It would be a sign of good faith and honesty if you would stop doing it.
You can easily see posts of mine from waaaay back when I was still hanumizzlehttp://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?action=profile;u=38;sa=showPosts
No one cared when I was changing my display title earlier and suddenly I'm a horrible person
I think you're just pissed off at me ... aw come on bb
Perhaps some fear what you're suggesting because it's a fearful thing.
Well that's not my fault is it
Some fear the suggestion because human nature has shown time and time again through the centuries that just because an original idea had noble beginnings, it rarely ends up that way.
Do you have hard numbers to support this idea? What is "noble" and what does it mean that it "rarely ends up that way"? Is there evidence that could update our posterior probability that human GE will (not) turn out badly, making it less than the prior probability?
Your argument is very hazy
Any society that sets forth to use Eugenics as a means to obtain a desirable "race" is no better than those societies from our past that used more barbaric means to obtain the same goal.
Why? Isn't being less "barbaric" by definition better?
I had a user on my site that did this on a semi-regular basis. After the third time, he was told point blank to cease the practice. He's now permanently banned with his ISP on my server's permanent deny list.
On another forum where I post, a mod does that all the time. No one bats an eye
If I were in that user's place, it would be time to start using samair