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Originally posted by dizziedame
How about our esteemed scientist find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, the common cold, Ebola, and many other diseases before they change humans to androids or Lord knows what we would create.
Discover a way to eliminate drug and/or alcohol addiction. Create a magic potion to fight obesity or skin diseases.
When scientist can do all I mentioned above I will be favorably impressed.
As we can see gene manipulation is not too difficult. Curing the ills of today's people is a much more complicated process.
Lets fix the humans we have before we create super humans.
Should we not allow humans to evolve at the preprogrammed time?
The fear with germline engineering is that since it is inheritable, offspring and all succeeding generations would carry the modified traits. This is one reason why this type of engineering is currently banned- it could lead to irreversible alteration of the entire human species.
Looking far, far into the future, could post biological entities have no form, but exist only as pure forms of energy? Is this our final destiny, millions of years in the future?
It would be great if everyone had the same memory as our parents and all the generations before them.
Maybe that's evolution. We have selected ourselves out of evolution by creating this race of souless biological machines and they only allow humans to go so far in evolution and technology.
I also wonder if we create these beings, will they have a soul or will they be souless and extremely smart biological machines.
Originally posted by sunny_2008ny
I really doubt if a superior human species would evolve out of this. In today's world physical strength really does not matter, since we use weapons to fight and dominate.
Originally posted by lunarminer
Also, our science has not advanced to the point where we can guarantee that we dont' produce dangerous side effects. It is very disturbing to me that scientists are willing to proceed anyway, fully aware that their work may be damaging to the society.
I do agree that genetic manipulation could result in major breakthroughs for the human race but like most technologies, there are many dangers as well. We cannot move ahead until we know more and are able to eliminate the most destructive side effects.
Originally posted by Son Of Liberty
I am against modifying our genes.
We do not know enough about ourselves as it is to go messing around with our genetic makeup. That would be like a four year old trying to fix a supercomputer.