RE: Gene Therapy & Ethics [was Re: AI Backlash] (fwd)
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 15:32 +0000

>Why should you *care* if your children are smart/beautiful/successful,
>etc.? If you do care, are you *absolutely sure* that you are making
>such opinions of your own free will or whether you have programmed
>into thinking such by million year old genetic machinery?

More to the point, even if you're sure they'll be smart and beautiful, can you be sure they'll be successful or happy? If they're only as smart and beautiful as the other million kids whose parents have had access to the same technology, they're only normal, which doesn't mean successful *or* happy.

Once again, the perils of top-down design.