Re: evolved viruses

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 14:46:22 -0700 (PDT)

> I sure hope Eliezer doesn't cook up something in his basement
> lab that will destroy the economy of the northern Andes, or
> he's going to have a lot on his conscience, and it probably
> won't be very pleasant for him when he realizes just what he's
> unleashed.

There's a lot more to it than the economics, though I agree that
alone is an argument against it. I cannot, off the top of my head,
name an abusable chemical substance that doesn't have some other
valuable use: Cocaine is indispensible in eye surgery, opiates are
the most effective treatment for intractable pain, alcohol is a
good antiseptic and fuel, hemp is a strong fiber, amphetamines can
treat many psychological disorders, even Nicotine has shown some
promise of medical use.

Destroy the plants, and you destroy not only their evil uses, but
their good ones, and the good uses of any other plant that might
evolve from or be bred from it.

That some uses of a resource destroy people's live is undeniable
and unfortunate, but the resource itself is the wrong place to put
the blame.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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