[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus

Jason Long sturmvogel66 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 5 22:24:36 BST 2019


 And epigenetics seriously confuses the whole situation even further.

On Sat, Oct 5, 2019 at 4:36 PM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:

> Correct. TVtropes calls it LEGO genetics, the idea that genes are
> blueprints is not true. Genes encode proteins and which proteins are made.
> We really don’t understand anything.
>
> Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can
> do no other. God help me.
> William A Wenrich
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> lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Damien Sullivan <
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> Subject: Re: [LMB] No lefties in the Nexus
>
> One fun issue is how good genetic control actually is.  We talk about
> "genes for" things, but right now our knowledge is probabilistic at best
> for most things, and it's possible that elements of intelligence and
> personality come in good part from randomness in how our neurons wire
> themselves together.  So you're not buying a child who'll be a brilliant
> bisexual musician, but a child who is *more likely* to be brilliant,
> bisexual, and a musician... but might be a moderate straight
> mathematician.  Hope you didn't pay too much! ...and that you won't take
> your disappointment out on the child.
>
> I suppose that could even be a reason to ban improvements, if too many
> families go toxic when the improvements aren't what they dreamed of.
>
> Separate issue: with stuff like uterine replicators, you have the power
> to interfere directly in development.  Hormone mixes and tweaking parts
> of the fetus to grow faster than others and such.
>
> -xx- Damien X-)
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