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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Dirty Details Behind Genetically Engineering Kids

What always fascinates me about the transhumanist, is that they are so blinded by their love of technology and their desire to change humanity that they always skip over the dirty details.

In case you are unfamiliar with transhumansim, it is a philosophy that wants to use technology to surpass treating or preventing disease and use it to enhance otherwise healthy humans beyond natural capabilities.  They envision a world where you can genetically enhancing your offspring to be smarter, faster, bigger and maybe even to glow-in-the-dark.  They speak of this perfect world where man is no longer human, but “posthuman.”  And yet the details about how to achieve this technological utopia always seem to escape their notice.  They assume that whatever genetic enhancement is inflicted on the next generation can be as easily removed as it was to introduce.

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