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originally posted by: Dark Ghost
A controversial topic that often elicits emotional knee-jerk reactions because we let emotions override our sense of reason and logic. Despite your beliefs towards the topic, the OP is brave for posting it knowing that he/she will be crucified by most people.
If we are to remove emotional reasoning from the equation, what the OP states does make sense if we truly want what's best for humanity. But that is the thing: do we want what's best or do we want what's "right"? They are not the same.
originally posted by: SlickMcFavorite
The planet is not overpopulated. The criteria by which this often echoed assertion is made is actually criteria that should first beckon one to consider more sustainable methods of living, no matter how restrictive, way before a human considers any draconian trains of thought. This is the only way to be truly scientific. The amount of uninhabited area now viable as a place to live, through modern methods/understanding of the science of human/ecological balance, dwarfs the currently inhabited, hyperdense city-samples that often underpin the assertion of overpopulation.
originally posted by: onequestion
The answer is yes it should.
We should also consider genetically modified kids too at least maybe we can program at a least a single molecule of intelligence back into some of these monkeys.
originally posted by: Eilasvaleleyn
a reply to: Dark Ghost
I've already explained this, though. Eugenics simply doesn't work unless you're looking at relatively simple physical traits. Do you want to try and eliminate blue eyes? That's about the best you could do. Intelligence, temperament, these are mostly influenced by your environment, not your genetics. At least, if they are influenced by genetics, we do not properly yet understand how.
Overpopulation is an issue resulting from artificial scarcity and waste, at least when it comes to food.
[B]We are simply better served by attempting to break the cage we have built for ourselves, rather than mutilate ourselves to fit within it.