Re: Amusing anti-cloning arguments

Scott Badger (
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 22:54:13 -0600

Is it just wild-eyed idealism on my part? It seems to me that by the time we have the ability to make highly stategic genomic modifications, individuals will also have the ability to choose whatever body type they prefer. The Transhumanistic ideal would be that anyone who had been genetically modified would at any time have the liberty of choosing between any number of body types.

We don't have to worry about a 6-handed version of a human living and working on a space station being condemned to that body type and that body type alone. One's brain should be quite transplantable by the time we have the technology to construct 6-handed humans. Of course, I could be entirely wrong.

BTW, watched a Deep Space Nine episode tonight about a group of genetically enhanced mutants. Basically they've been ostracized and institutionalized despite their intellectual superiority. Thing is . . . they're a bit eccentric. Except for Dr. Bashir (sp?), the one that was able to fit in, hiding and protecting his transhumanistic identity. I've also noticed that the new version of "The Outer Limits" frequently has episodes with transhumistic themes.