Good morning. weighing in on this issue, I have to say it’s grossly irresponsible to create designer babies with defects. Evolution marches on, and as far as I’m concerned, the next step in evolution will be technological-meaning that humans will define the direction of movement, rather than ‘genetic jitter’. If I had the atomic Delorean, you bet I would go back in time to 1980 and make myself taller (and maybe a little smarter, and more diesel…). As a society we should be working to improve ourselves by eliminating genetic disease, and moving towards an ideal. In the past, the ability to store fat was a positive survival trait, now it isn’t. Shouldn’t we consider changing our genes to reflect new realities of existence?
There are ethical issues here. Not having a baby with down’s syndrome is an unequivocally good thing. Not having a baby with achondroplasia is slightly more questionable, but I will say that it is unethical to have a child who will grow up to be disadvantaged. Yes you get into Brave New World arguments-somenone with a super IQ probably won’t be too in the mood to be a UPS depot worker scanning boxes and loading them onto trucks when they could be unlocking the mysteries of the cosmos or curing the common cold, but maybe that’s the direction we need to go in.
For me personally, I don’t want to have kids for two reasons.
- I don’t want to crimp my lifestyle. 23 years of caring for Junior, grief, and fortune is a lot of work!
- I wouldn’t be able to face Junior when he or she says "why don’t I get any respect because I’m short?"
Now don’t give me grief because I know the statistics. Marco Pantani (TdF winner 1998), Louis Lazar MD, and the others are outliers. that’s right statistics fans, outliers. I plan to be an outlier but it’s not easy or likely and that’s the deal. so sign me up for engineering of the next generation.
- If some guy walked out of bellevue and said "I am the messiah!" you’d probably tell him to turn around and check back in for some R&R. If he performed some magic tricks, you’d probably tell him he’s clever before walking away. If someone else told you about some guy who does magic tricks and is the messiah, you’d probably think the messenger was a little off kilter.
Ockham’s razor says the simplest explanation is probably the right one. And the plausible (Jesus was mentally ill, or a self-interested charlatan, or an unwitting posthumous cult figure) trumps the implausible (Jesus is the messiah even though not everyone believes it).
And for chanukah (any way you spell it), one day worth of lamp oil lasting 8 days is either a tall tale, a clever sleight of hand (on the part of self-serving priests) or somenone couldn’t measure properly. Miracles don’t exist. Go study some statistics*. End of story.
- In the modern era, the ‘holiday season’ has become a string of capitalist holidays. cue the Live Aid. The people they’re singing about (1) for the most part aren’t christian and (2) suffer so europeans and north americans can have a capitalist christmas. Sam Walton’s heirs get rich at the expense of the environment and the second and third world workers. Not a nice present for them (and ultimately everone due to the consumption of nonrenewable resources and pollution).
- Call me Scrooge. Call me a spoilsport. Call me a hypocrite for flying into Buffalo on the 24th at 7PM and going straight to a very lavish party (thrown by family friends). And you should give me grief for playing along with Santa and not bursting the little kids bubbles.
But at least I’m thinking about this stuff. Instead of talking about "the christmas spirit" and putting change in the salvation army buckets (and countenancing their existence), we should abolish the whole thing and start over. here’s to a sustainable, efficient, and just future.
well enough of the games. Biaxin is a prescription antibiotic. It’s relatively cheap, effective and TASTES TERRIBLE-ALL DAY! it makes your saliva taste bad (but no smell thank goodness). so if your doctor wants to give it to you, be warned, or ask for something else.
Now off to North Carolina for a job interview at humancentric technologies: www.humancentrictech.com