Re: Re : Is Eugenics Really A Bad Thing?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (retroman@turbont.net)
Date: Fri Jul 14 2000 - 15:21:39 MDT


Joao Pedro de Magalhaes wrote:
>
> Hi!
>
> >OK, I know the Nazis were into it big time, and they weren't cool dudes.
> >But is wanting to improve the stock a bad thing? I have a feeling that I'm
> >"preaching to the choir" when I say on this list that it seems like a good
> >thing to want to make humans as perfect as possible. But it seems like
> >virtually everywhere else, the E word is as bad as the N word. Why is that?
>
> A nice quote on the subject: "Aversion to an idea, simply because of its
> long association with crackpots, gives crackpots altogether too much
> influence." G. David Brin.

Coming from the king of SF favorable treatments of eugenics himself. The
'probationary personalities' found in the Uplift trilogy (of course, we are
forced to impose such laws by galactic society, he tries to imply through most
of the novels, even though in _Sundiver_ we see that they preexist human contact
with galactic society.

Mike



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