Re: SOC/BIO: Frito-Lay campaign

From: Max More (
Date: Fri Feb 18 2000 - 23:00:55 MST

At 08:12 PM 2/18/00 -0500, Greg wrote:

>Smoking and thalydomide are bad, but the bad rap for breast implants was
>completely bogus. When the science finally caught up with the hype, you
>should have seen the big-dollar plaintiffs' lawyers dropping those cases like
>hot potatoes.

Greg, I agree with you on the silicone implant business. But I think you're
conceding too much here. I don't really know what people thought about
smoking earlier, but I would *not* make a blanket statement that
Thalidomide is "bad". It's actually a tremendously effective and safe
drug--for everyone *except* pregnant women. Banning it entirely was an
overreaction that deprived many people of its benefits. The sensible
response would have been to require regular pregnancy tests (or only
prescribe it for men) rather than banning it. I believe there have recently
been some moves towards reintroducing it carefully.

Max More, Ph.D.
President, Extropy Institute.
CEO, MoreLogic Solutions. or

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