[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus

Tony Zbaraschuk 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.


Tony Z



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