Genes and Scenes 1
Xtranormal started May 14, 2011 after meeting Professor Kevin Glenn who is anti-eugenics



So, professor, are you in favor of artificial life or not?

What do you mean by artificial life?

Well, some researchers believe that they can invent a new form or life which will convert light
into stored energy and do it in a fashion which is more conducive to making biofuels.

That sounds good, but I tend to doubt that one can reinvent something as complex as living
systems are.

Well, perhaps they only want a simpler form of life that will be in a relatively fixed and
predictable environment.

That is fine. I wish them good luck.

Robert Frietas has shown that it is possible to create an inorganic device which will carry
oxygen in the blood of a human and do it more efficiently than a red blood cell can.

Again, I will believe it when I see it.


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The problem with the gene pool is that there is no life guard.

They use eugenics to breed cattle for meat, cows for milk and horses for racing.

eu·gen·ics/yo͞oˈjeniks/
Noun: The science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the
occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed in the 19th century, it fell into
disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.

Why should the Nazis determine current policy?

Genes are too complex for us to understand.
By "us" you mean we humans. What about "us" robots?

Francis Galton defined it as the science of improving human stock.

Liberal eugenics adds to the freedom to reproduce the freedom to choose your child's
characteristics.

GATTACA described a society in which free access to enhancement technologies has created a
society split into genetic haves and have nots. In such a society, who you can be (your resume
includes your genetics) and who you can marry are set by the genetic enhancements that your
parents have purchased for you. Is this what we see happening in the near future?

What we actually see happening is the implantation of fifth-law life into human organisms. The
heart pacemaker, the computer to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and the artificial
pancreas are only the beginning of this trend. Elbow operations on baseball pitchers are legal
while steroids are not.