Re: Amusing anti-cloning arguments

Max More (
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 20:40:33 -0800

At 12:20 PM 10/28/98 +0000, you wrote:
>This list often enthuses over prospects of massive
>interventions and improvements in the genome, yet Max *appeared* to be
>saying that drastic genomic engineering, per se, was a laughable notion -
>when posited by an ideological opponent.

If I had been doing that, it *would* have been double-think. I have plenty of faults, but I am certain that that blatant kind of double-think is not one of them. I would *never* do that!

Coercion *was* a part of Pizulli's scenario. Sorry if I didn't take the time to set the whole thing out. Of course without the coercion, cloning legless people for space would be a really dumb thing to do. If those individuals didn't want to follow your plan for their lives, they might be very pissed that you made them legless when this limits them in a gravity field. "Oops! Sorry, Sally. It never occurred to us that you might want to live on Earth or in an artificial gravity experiment. Look, we bought you some shiny new crutches!"


Max More, Ph.D. (soon also: <>)
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