Re: clone your perfect mate

Robin Hanson (
Fri, 18 Dec 1998 10:48:38 -0800

Hal Finney writes:
>Think about it, though. Evolution takes millions of years to operate....
>As long as we remain a technological civilization, natural evolution will
>no longer be a significant factor in determining the future growth of the
>human race. We will be taking those matters into our own hands. Cloning
>is just one of the first of the technologies which we will use to exert
>this control.

Just a nit: We, individually, will be consciously choosing the DNA of our offspring. This will allow much more complex and effective "variation" in the "variation & selection" of natural selection. But selection will continue on as always, and "we" as humanity as a whole will not be in control of this process.

Robin Hanson   
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