[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus
tonyz at eskimo.com
Fri Oct 4 18:09:04 BST 2019
On Fri, October 4, 2019 11:13 am, Zan Lynx wrote:
> On 10/4/19 9:46 AM, Luke Bretscher wrote:
>> One glaring problem with allowing gene-editors to enhance children
>> beyond normal capabilities is that presumably it would be expensive. So
>> rich people could afford to make their children into supermen, while
>> poor people would be stuck with the basic edition of humanity. The old
>> canard that the rich are supposedly more capable because of their
>> breeding would start to become _literally_ true. Even the most
>> meritocratic hiring practices would unavoidably favor the privileged. It
>> would be a whole new nightmare of class division.
> Is that *actually* a problem though? Yes the rich would be better,
> smarter, healthier, whatever.
> But the idea that they should be prevented from doing that is very close
> to the idea that all humans should be handicapped so no one is any better
> than anyone else. That's abhorrent.
One may also note the assumption that things will always stay out of reach
of the poor. Over the long term, prices tend to drop -- one of the ways
medicine advances is getting rich people to pay for untested things,
and those which pan out often drop in price and therefore affordability.
Et vocavit Deus, "Fiat lux!"
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