Re: Effects of Enhanced Senses for Designer Bodies

Raymond G. Van De Walker (
Sun, 23 May 1999 23:02:52 PDT

On Tue, 18 May 1999 01:52:39 -0400 Brian Atkins <> writes:
>An interesting movie regarding this I think is Gattaca. In it,
>the people can choose what types of kids to have, and as per
>Eliezer's ideas, you can't have it all... they pick skills for
>their kids that focus on mastery of science and math and also
>physical stats. The result seems to be people lacking "deepness"

There's a wonderful book on human temperament, "Please Understand Me" It describes current scientific results of personality profiling, and includes
a simple self-administered personality test.

I mention this because most of the people attracted to science and math seem to
be the exact opposite of shallow. They tend to be extremely driven by intuition,
not sensory experiences. In general such people tend to figure things out
from first principles, and to be fond of deep chains of logic and causation.

I don't think sensory equipment has anything to do with temperament. I think brain structure probably has a lot to do with it, though.

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