Re: "Sound and Fury" over enhancements

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 07:54:00 MST


>As should be clear, I was not making a claim, but advancing a
>thought experiment. Only the most ideologically arrogant would
>believe that enhancing the intelligence of their children would be
>guaranteed to make them follow the politics of their parents. My
>post was an invitation to consider how it would feel if this did
>not hold. Someone with a strong political ideology would then be
>put in something of the same position as the deaf parents today.
>They might even begin to feel some empathy for the deaf parents'
>situation, rather than the attitudes of contempt and scorn which
>Mike and others adopted.

What "others"?

I took your invitation at face value, and pointed out that my
(theoretical) children were certainly entitled to their own
beliefs/politics, and it was essentially none of my business.

But you also were making a claim, which you even tried to defend,
the notion that the smarter you are the more likely you are to
believe in socialism.

Like anyone of reasonable intelligence I went through a socialism
phase, realized the flaws and promptly dropped it.

The only real Socialist/Communists in the world are at the
University of Chicago.

>Those who are 100% certain that they are correct about everything
>involving politics and human relations need not pursue the matter.
>Such closed minds are largely immune to education and
>enlightenment, in any case.

Little pompous here don't you think?


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