RE: genius babies

From: John M Grigg (
Date: Thu Aug 10 2000 - 02:32:01 MDT

Brian Atkins wrote:

> Some genes for intelligence may have been found:
> (Obligatory Rifkin quotes included of course)

OK, lets look at what Rifkin said. [Comments in square brackets mine.]

"Every parent wants the best for their child,"
              said Rifkin.

[OK, nothing too controversial in that comment.]

"In the future, the parent could
              become an architect and each child the
              ultimate shopping experience.

[Sounds good to me.]

              "In the next 10 or 20 years we could have
              eugenics with a smiling face.

[Sounds good to me.]

"We will no longer
              require the lower classes to have fewer

[He was doing great until this comment, which demonstrates
that he is an idiot. I know of no laws requiring lower classes
to have fewer babies.]

"we will just have them have better
              babies as we learn to do gene therapy."

[RIGHT! Right you are, Jeremy Rifkin! Who would have
any argument with people having better babies?] spike

Jeremy Rifkin did not use the argument I was so sure he would!! I would have bet money he would say, "the upper-classes will be able to pay to have their children given superior intelligence while the lower-classes won't have the option" and "And this will create an even worse imbalance among the have's and have-not's within our society" and "Don't the wealthy already have enough advantages?"

I should go work for the guy to help him out... ;)


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