Re: Eugenics

Date: Sat Jun 10 2000 - 09:56:07 MDT

Sarah Lawrence writes (quoting someone):
> >At the policy level we will need global bans on altering the genes we pass
> >on to our children, and on reproductive human cloning. We'll also need
> >effective, accountable systems for regulating human genetic technologies
> >that may have some beneficent uses but could be dangerously abused.
> I confess that I have no idea what the Extropian line is on this,
> but I find it profoundly frightening. What is being suggested here
> is none other than a new eugenics programme, not unlike the eugenics
> programmes of earlier decades, in which control of human
> reproduction is taken by the state.

I am confused. Do you find the global bans and regulation proposed in
the quoted excerpt profoundly frightening? Or do you find gene altering
profoundly frightening, and support global bans and state regulation?


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