[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus

Fred Smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Fri Oct 4 18:41:05 BST 2019


On Fri, Oct 04, 2019 at 12:09:04PM -0500, Tony Zbaraschuk wrote:
> 
> 
> 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.

but, unfortunately, the value of a dollar (euro, yen, won, whatsis)
tends to drop too keeping some things forever out of reach.

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