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My head says yes but my gut says it would be a harbinger of doom for the human race.
I am not a fan of the idea unless it can be used to prevent illness and diseases and what have you.
But to me it just seems wrong to decide what a kid's going to look like because the parents want a perfect, ideal child of their imagination. I recall years ago, there was a thing about little people doing eugenics to prevent their child from growing normally, but would instead become a dwarf like the parents. Their argument was it's easier to raise a kid if they're the same size, but wouldn't that make the kid's life harder?
A film for anyone interested in the topic of near-future eugenics. Interesting view.
As for the morality of it? I'm not sure. I'd give partial approval. That is, to use eugenics to iron out crippling diseases and horrific birth defects, to remove most mental instabilities prior to birth, etc. I would approve of its uses strictly in the sense of removing human suffering.
I would however not approve of using it to make superhumans or otherwise. We as a species, at least presently, would be nowhere near capable of controlling that and would succumb to terror and rage, mostly unjustly.
I find it ethical when used to defend against illnesses and other physiological deficiencies. While we should be able to adapt to the common cold, flu, and so on, things like mitochondrial disease, or those more prone to heart disease, glaucoma, or certain cancers should be helped before the problem even arises. There is a difference between helping circumvent largely unavoidable issues and allowing our bodies to naturally grow accustom. Our immune system is simply outgunned when it comes to beasts like cancer.
Sculpting physical appearance? I wouldn't do it personally, nor would I recommend it, but if an individual thought they'd prefer to I might not consider it much of my business. If a family is prone to odd dental structures and would like to stop that from happening who am I to argue against it? I've never suffered the issue and really have no say. However, if we're seeing a growing community that introduces sameness or some sense of superiority, I'd say then it becomes worth our attention. Fact is though, in our current system, the only people using this sort of tech are the ultra rich who enjoy a lack of regulation. If this were a common thing for the average person, I might be more comfortable with it.
Could anyone else see us introducing a Department of Diversity? Not so much a group to observe and manage cultural diversity, but moreover, to preserve it. The fact is some genetic engineering would benefit all of us as our are created quite vulnerable (men being the only ones with a Y Chromosome promises any issues in it to pass without the opportunity to swap or fix, as Xs may). I would think there would be either more education about the necessity of diversity, within and outside of us, and some government oversight, the opposite where the government might actually encourage sameness, or some blend of the two in between. Either way, I welcome change and would love to see this become a reality in my lifetime.
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"Other." Limitations are required, especially as applies to cloning entire people and modifying them for decreased intelligence or docility for purposes of servility (enslavement) in various commercial or even domestic ways.
I do not, for example, feel it is ethical to genetically engineer lobotomized clones, sex dolls or otherwise create castes out of people -- designing people in a way that optimizes them for a job, limiting their choices in life before they're even born.
I also have concerns regarding the economic consequences of the technology being made available on a limited basis so that superbabies are being created while other people are left in the dust. I also have to wonder about patent ownership and the payment plans for this stuff, since there is a likelihood of debt being involved as people mortgage off whatever to pay for junior's genetic enhancement/engineering in vitro.
These are deep, complex considerations that have to be looked at before it starts happening (beyond the tests already done.) Modifications to present disease are about as contentious as vaccines -- a few people get up in arms about it, but thanks to the internet, we can look at pictures from the time before Jonas Salk -gave- his gift to the world (never patented it or took royalties.)
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Very well said, HeySeuss. Those are very good points to consider besides the inherent icky feeling.
If it's possible, why not? I mean it's not harming anyone (If people start dying from complications then obviously it'd need to stop.) then why not steer in that direction. People are vein by nature and no one can deny it. You wear clothes that look good on you, shape your hair in a way that you think is attractive. You wear make up and some people get implants and other cosmetic corrective surgeries. Now, obviously all these are elective for a person who is mature enough to make the choice but where do kids learn these traits? mostly from their parents and peers so if societal pressure is for you to look good and your kids to look good.. may as well take advantage of it. Perhaps it is another odd step in the evolutionary path of humankind?
I'd have to say it's not. This is something that could easily be manipulated and twisted to serve people's needs. First it starts out simply by just wanting to improve people's lives, then it becomes "Better" to live as one who's been altered. Eventually those who aren't are considered less by nature. We'd eventually create a whole new style of racism. And that;'s not getting into other possible consequences like "Master Race" or "Eugenic Wars"
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