[LMB] Genetic engineering

Zan Lynx zlynx at acm.org
Fri Oct 11 18:08:33 BST 2019

On 10/11/19 10:33 AM, Luke Bretscher wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 6:58 AM Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
>>   But sociopaths and psychopaths have been shown to be useful, and run
>> lots of businesses and governments.
> Can one really look at the state of the world today and think it's a
> _good_ thing that people with no empathy are running our nations and
> corporations??

In many cases yes.

Empathy gets in the way of making things work. It's far more important 
that the military *wins* when it fights. Or that the corporation meets 
its profit targets. If it goes out of business then there's nothing for 
anyone. In the final reckoning reality does not care about empathy it 
only cares about results.

In D&D terms I'd rather have a Lawful Evil government than a Chaotic 
Good one. With the first the laws are known and not arbitrary, and a 
fake sob story doesn't get someone anything they didn't earn. It's fair.

The second one is just shambolic.

                 Knowledge is Power -- Power Corrupts
                         Study Hard -- Be Evil

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