Obligatory designer-babies. Good or bad idea?
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Posted 12/10/12 , edited 12/10/12
So after further reflection on how lame the world is and how stupid most people are, I again started thinking about how one could work on making these problems less lame.
And so, designer-babies came to mind.

For those not familiar with the concept, designer-baby technology is something that can be used to influence the development of a fetus. This can be deciding what gender it will be, hair color, eye color, eliminating diseases, etc.
It could also potentially be used to make babies smarter, and give them an enhanced disposition to becoming intelligent and intellectual.
And so I thought, "what if it were to become mandatory to do this with all babies born from now on?"

What do you think? Do you think this is a good idea? Would it make things better? What is your general stance on the concept of designer-babies?
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Syndicaidramon wrote:

So after further reflection on how lame the world is and how stupid most people are, I again started thinking about how one could work on making these problems less lame.
And so, designer-babies came to mind.

For those not familiar with the concept, designer-baby technology is something that can be used to influence the development of a fetus. This can be deciding what gender it will be, hair color, eye color, eliminating diseases, etc.
It could also potentially be used to make babies smarter, and give them an enhanced disposition to becoming intelligent and intellectual.
And so I thought, "what if it were to become mandatory to do this with all babies born from now on?"

What do you think? Do you think this is a good idea? Would it make things better? What is your general stance on the concept of designer-babies?


I have many of the same objections as with your other Eugenicist projects, but, more specifically, I feel that this would be a gross violation of natural laws, that is, of Darwinian evolution- the traits we may want may not always coincide with the traits that would benefit our survival as a species- if parents do not want a certain deformity that, maybe, would enhance the ability of our children to survive in our changed environment, purely out of aesthetics, then it would actually harm our species ability. We may even have the technology to create Moe Cat people, and, while it may look cute and all, it would not help our species survive. Likewise, it raises all sorts of problems in society, specifically, in ones where one gender is favoured- for example, the gender problem in China may be augmented by the ability of parents to choose the gender of this one child, or that maybe people would want their child to follow a certain set of traits they find attractive, imposing, already, their aesthetic values onto their children. In addition, parents may not want to force a certain set of trait onto their children, it may come as a surprise, but not all people have the same Eugenicist mindset as you, the same scorn for people of lower intellectual ability as us, and just want a child to love, regardless of intellectual ability, enhancements, or whatever you want for them. I only support this 'mandatory designer baby' concept, in so far as it helps screen off hereditary diseases, or severe mental retardation, or other illnesses, and nothing more.
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I think it will run into the same problems nanotechnology has run into, which is the realism of what is actually possible and what will be allowed through regulations with this technology. I am all for this, and artificial womb technology to exist though.
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The limiting factors at the moment would be economics and ethics committees. Also, you may want to see a movie from 1997 called Gattaca where they explore this concept in some depth.

Good luck.
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