[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus

Damien Sullivan phoenix at mindstalk.net
Fri Oct 4 22:37:56 BST 2019


On Fri, Oct 04, 2019 at 08:29:30PM +0800, Alex Kwan wrote:

> But what if it’s not about trauma being ‘character building’, but a certain disease being linked to a gene that otherwise does good? What if, say, the genes that gave Stephen Hawking his genius also caused his ALS (Probably won’t in reality, I know)? Most parents might have tweaked that disease and his genius away, but then he wouldn’t be him.

We've had plenty of geniuses without ALS, and people with ALS without
being geniuses.

And yes, if he didn't have ALS, in some sense "Stephen Hawking" wouldn't
exist -- and some other person would, who now doesn't.

-xx- Damien X-)


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