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“Bioethics” Meets Climate Science

From the vaunted academic community that brought us post-natal abortions, here’s the latest batch of Earth-friendly ideas in the world of “bioethics”.  Dr. S. Matthew Liao is a profess…

  1. Fake John Galt

    The only real issue I have with this is that it is being published as science. Science Fiction writers have been suggesting, writing about and exploring these concepts for decades. The sad part is that the sci-fi writers seem to have put more thought into it.

  2. Illiniguy
    Miranda:    “O wonder!    How many goodly creatures are there here!    How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world    That has such people in’t!” Prospero:    “‘Tis new to thee.”

    Using science to create generations of Eloi

  3. KC Mulville

    I think A Fish Called Wanda said it best:

    Wanda: But you think you’re an intellectual, don’t you, ape? Otto: Apes don’t read philosophy. Wanda: Yes, they do, Otto. They just don’t understand it.
  4. Severely Ltd.

    “Your paper also discusses the use of human engineering to make humans smaller…”

    Mmmmm…if humans are reduced to, say, half their present size with a proportional reduction in brain capacity, each mini–mized person still has one vote. With half a brain.

    Their plan becomes clearer.

  5. Valiuth

    Smaller brains doesn’t mean dumber humans. Our intelligence has to do with the development of our frontal cortex more than with its size exactly. 

  6. MBF
     

    Liao: Actually, yes, although unfortunately the science is not there yet—we looked into cat eyes, the technique of giving humans cat eyes

    or of making their eyes more catlike. The reason is, cat eyes see nearly as well as human eyes during the day, but much better at night. We figured that if everyone had cat eyes, you wouldn’t need so much lighting, and so you could reduce global energy usage considerably. 

    I’m thinking about getting metal legs. It’s a risky operation, but it’ll be worth it.

  7. Charlotte

    Liao: Actually, yes, although unfortunately the science is not there yet

    That “unfortunately” is a little chilling, isn’t it?

  8. Underground Conservative

    I read this a bit ago. All I can conclude is that this thought process is nothing more than self-hatred.

  9. The King Prawn

    Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from simply getting rid of those troublesome bitter clingers who refuse to get with the program. I hear they eat a lot of fried food and barbeque, neither of which is good for the environment. And it will all sound so reasonable right up to suggesting the final solution.

  10. Duane Oyen

    Obviously the Delaney Clause‘s “one molecule” theory only applies to stuff that actually does make the world better, like medicines.

  11. Valiuth
    Mark Belling Fan

    Liao:Actually, yes, although unfortunately the science is not there yet—we looked into cat eyes, the technique of giving humans cat eyes

    or of making their eyes more catlike. The reason is, cat eyes see nearly as well as human eyes during the day, but much better at night. We figured that if everyone had cat eyes, you wouldn’t need so much lighting, and so you could reduce global energy usage considerably.

    I’m thinking about getting metal legs. It’s a risky operation, but it’ll be worth it. · 3 hours ago

    I don’t know making cyborgs would seems kind of cool. The problem I have with all of these things is not that people want to find away to give humans better eyes (cats do have better eyes than us), but the motivations for doing this. If your guiding principles for the applicaiton of Biological and Medical technologies is a zealous environmentalism you will get really predictably terrible results.  

    Improving humanity is a good goal, maybe the best goal you can have. Their goal is to get rid of humans as they are to save the “environment” whatever that actually is. 

  12. Brian Watt

    Liao: …What we have in mind has more to do with weakness of will. For example, I might know that I ought to send a check to Oxfam, but because of a weakness of will I might never write that check. But if we increase my empathetic capacities with drugs, then maybe I might overcome my weakness of will and write that check.

    “That a dictator could, if he so desired make use of these drugs for political purposes is obvious. He could ensure himself against political unrest by changing the chemistry of his subjects’ brains and so making them content with their servile condition.” – Aldous Huxley, Chemical Persuasion, an essay from Brave New World Revisited 1958

  13. Valiuth

    And here we see the re-emergence of Eugenics the science of making the human race better. We have moved beyond crude breeding and racial theories, only to adopt equally warped environmental theories to guide our tinkering. 

    As a Biologist I must say while I am highly skeptical of the prospects of cat eyes, I think that greater pharmacological control is very likely, and should be watched closely. People love taking drugs to solve their problems and our ability to manufacture mood altering drugs has really exploded in recent years. With progressive tendencies to view lack of sufficient empathy as a disease I would be seriously worried. 

  14. Randy Weivoda

    Smaller, yeah that’s a good idea.  What about if they made us sleepier, too?  If we all slept 19 hours a day we wouldn’t be driving around so much.  There would be less time for raping the earth.  How about shortening our lifespan, too.  If you were dead after 40 years you wouldn’t have as much time to ruin the planet.  Oh, to heck with all these half measures.  Let’s turn ourselves into plants, then we will absorb rather than emit CO2.

  15. Severely Ltd.
    Valiuth: Smaller brains doesn’t mean dumber humans. Our intelligence has to do with the development of our frontal cortex more than with its size exactly.  · 10 hours ago

    I was just goofing, Valiuth, and while I’m sure you’re right about the frontal cortex, there is definite correlation and, many scientist say, causation, in the relationship of brain size to intelligence. Broadly speaking.

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