[LMB] A question about Barrayar
howard at brazee.net
Wed Nov 3 14:23:38 GMT 2010
On 11/3/2010 8:06 AM, Elizabeth Holden wrote:
> --- On Wed, 11/3/10, mtraber251<mtraber251 at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> I find the reception of replicators baffling myself. I
>> would *think* that anything to make reproduction easier and
>> safer should get a great reception.
> First you would have to believe that it made the pregnancy safer - for both mother and child. That's a stretch. (Which is to say, I can easily believe it would make things safer and better for the parent. Not so sure about the child. This is just a 'suspension of disbelief' item for me; I can accept it within the context of the books, not so much for real life.)
People have a bunch of risky behavior that could be eliminated with
replicators. Behavior such as traveling, eating, & drinking. People
aren't monitored for correct balance of hormones, food, etc.
>> Especially if you
>> combine it with DNA screening to eliminate any birth defects
>> and really nasty recessives that can pop up randomly in
>> people. [Referring to current terrestrial matters though it
>> does also go for Barrayar and it's history of mutie-fears.]
> I would think that on Barrayar, anything that involved a combination of childbirth and technology would smack of Cetagandan reproductive technology and would therefore be (a) horrifying and (b) unsafe.
I don't think that would be the cause. I expect in Barrayar, they
tried whatever they could to make childbearing safe - but early attempts
failed, bringing about a cultural horror of the technology. Even
physicians thought it was dangerous - in a society that was paranoid
about infant defects.
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