Re: genetic engineering was: a new thread

From: Ian Field (
Date: Fri May 12 2000 - 12:08:09 MDT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Fabulich" <>
> Wellll... I generally agree with you, but this statement should have
> some caveats... the mechanism we finally decide upon for performing
> our genetic engineering will hopefully look an awful lot like the
> spontaneous order we're bucking to replace (only, ah, better).
> So the idea is not to look at this like the genius planner who reasons
> "I could do that better!" but as the genius gardener who reasons "I
> could grow these better!"

One thing to consider - as we move into an era where these visions *will*
become reality, I think a core principle should be "I can grow you with the
*choice* to be better". I don't mind playing god, I do mind forcing others
to follow in my path. The point here is that we can do better than natural
selection, et al., because we can *choose* our specific mutations/variances.
Anyway, I don't mean to begin an ethical debate, though I'm sure I will.


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