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A collection of shaky arguments about why Bill thinks "the world is just fine the way it is."
The connectedness arguement:
I feel connected in some way to all of humanity. If we meddle with our progeny on a molecular level will they still feel connected?
The devaluation argument:
If we tinker with our kids to give them a hightened intelligence or physical edurance etc. doesn't that in some way devalue any contributions they make?
The commodity argument:
Sure we can erradicate cystic fibrosis, but because the same technology can be used to potentially make superficial alterations (such as height, hair color etc) we should not use the technology because those uses are illegitimate.
Bill borrows heavily from other writers who are more technically knowlegeable on the subject. I found Lee M. Silver's "Remaking Eden" somewhat meatier if not a bit more fanciful toward the end.
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Bill McKibben takes on the topic of genetic modification, nanotechnology and robotics and sets them contextually in the scheme of human development. He alleges that we are at the elbow of a geometric expansion of technology, and at the verge of taking a huge and dangerous step with the modification of not only human genetics but with the manipulation of all matter on earth. For those who are wondering if cloning is a good idea, if genetically "improving" humans is near at hand, and for those interested in having children, this is a must-read book and/or must-listen audiobook
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