Re: Nanotech control systems (was Re: Transhuman Beach Party)

J. R. Molloy (
Fri, 10 Sep 1999 17:48:10 -0700

Bryan Moss wrote,
>I'm thinking more in terms of children. A healthy mother wants a healthy
>child, a deaf mother wants a deaf child. For an authority to decide what
>should be allowed and what should not be allowed it has to have some idea
>what is normal. I'm just as inclined to agree with an authority that
>homosexuality isn't normal as I am to agree with an authority that thinks
>blindness isn't normal. Personally I subscribe to the view that I should
>able to grow children anyway I want, by any means I want, and do with them
>as I please. My answer to the ethical implications of new technology is to
>forget the ethics and concentrate on the science. Science cannot make us
>anything less than we already are, it can only shatter false illusions.

Oh, I see what you mean.
Science can shatter true illusions after it shatters the false ones, I guess.
Blind parents producing blind children create the Wellsian "Country of The Blind" that Joseph C. Freeman mentioned.

Enlightened parents have it easy... knowing that if you really love your kids, you won't have any. Let kids figure things out for themselves, just get out of their way (or share the way). They have to learn to think for themselves, and to meditate for themselves. Visionaries make more trouble for their parents than other kids do, and they _really_ shake things up as parents. Which explains why kids love them, and parents hate them.

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." --Mr. Natural