> Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
I thought of that, but unfortunately I'm not an ideal candidate.
To a sperm bank and their consumers, IQ isn't everything.
> > [...] I think one of the most valuable contributions any
> > of us could make to the future is to breed like rabbits,
> > and fight harder to blast the silly myth of overpopulation
> > that prevents otherwise intelligent men and women from
> > doing the same.
> Why not take a trip to the local sperm bank and donate some
> of those good Extropian genes?
I thought of that, but unfortunately I'm not an ideal candidate. To a sperm bank and their consumers, IQ isn't everything.I do have that going for me, and I'm tall, generally fit, and don't have any genetic diseases that I know about (there is some evidence that Meniere's disease is heritable but it is weak). But the bank wants someone with a very high sperm count so inseminations are more successful, and the consumers want donors with a wide variety of desirable traits and absence of bad ones. For instance, they like athletic ability and some evidence of industry and ambition (such as business or academic achievement). I score low on both those scales. I can also nearly guarantee a son that will be bald when he's 30, and with a strong likelihood of heart problems (I somehow managed to avoid the family heart problems so far--no such luck with the hairline). And of course with artifical insemination, I can't take advantage of my abundant sexual talents. :)
My best chances for procreation are going to be doing it the old fashioned way: charming the pants off a woman who likes computer nerds.
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