[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus
lorelei.kaena at gmail.com
Thu Oct 3 19:53:44 BST 2019
I have two genetic disorders. You ‘edit’ them, you edit me. Perhaps you see why this disturbs me?
I feel my life is very worth living. It’s full, and meaningful. Yes, I may need a wheelchair in my future, it’s been brought up. Yes, I have a heart defect. I’m well past my sell-by date! I survived surgery last week (not my heart, they don’t need to mess with that), even though I did lose blood (expected, when you have vascular Ehler’s Danlos). But should you wipe out every family with my disorder? Seriously? Because that’s what you’re talking about.
It’s the only way to be sure. It’s how they diagnose you, after all. My uncle died as a baby from a heart defect. My aunt has it, and her kids.
You see why this discussion worries me, and should worry anyone?
> On 3 Oct 2019, at 14:32, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
> I can think of a bunch of traits I'd want to at least look at editing out.
> Tendencies towards cancer and Alzheimer's, just for starters. There's a
> lot of traits that "run in families" that I don't think anybody would
> miss. What, I wonder, would the royal families of Europe be willing to pay
> me now to make sure that Victoria's hemophilia no longer threatens them?
> As for handedness...maybe we don't see lefties because nobody particularly
> comments about it?
>> On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 12:37 PM Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
>>> On Oct 3, 2019, at 8:52 AM, Luke Bretscher <rocketman0739 at gmail.com>
>>> The most looming part of this question to me is what to do about
>>> mental conditions that aren't unmitigated negatives. Being
>>> manic-depressive isn't exactly fun, but how many artists would you
>>> eliminate by taking it out of the gene pool? I don't think anyone
>>> thinks severe autism is beneficial, but many people with mild autism
>>> use that different perspective to get things done in ways that
>>> neurotypicals couldn't. And I'm sure there are more places where this
>>> issue is fraught. Personally, I'd approach the issue quite
>>> conservatively, only allowing suppression of the most obviously
>>> debilitating conditions.
>> There are times when aggressive, sociopathic, psycopathic, or even
>> narcissistic characterics are useful.
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