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Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally — or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?

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imasciencegeek
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imasciencegeek

… if it remains restricted to people actively choosing these genetic replacements. However, we are uncertain if you change say, 40 different genes to get all of the great results he mentioned, in combination they might produce horrible diseases.

Leifthrasir
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Leifthrasir

Are we ready for neo-evolution? I am!

e3ovuziotica
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e3ovuziotica

gimme more o professor, just raise hands.. no need to do any effort of understanding your natural connection with the universe.. just play the drone and upgrade.

lunadogwoof
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lunadogwoof

Who says, Pinocchio’s father? Go read some Hawking!

jonisaok
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jonisaok

Wrong. Before the big bang, there was no time. Therefore no need for a cause/effect. This universe might be the one effect that has no cause.

gumme1234
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gumme1234

You just answer a difficuly question with a way more difficult question.
Where did god come from?
Did he allways exist? If so, then we can say the same about the cosmos.
Is the cause of god existence/creation an unanswerable question? Then ill just say the universe’s existance is an unaswerable question.
You see? applying god is just not the way to go.

Denchanter357
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Denchanter357

actually no. look up vacuum theory, and proper understanding of the word theory would be good too.

Denchanter357
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Denchanter357

that artificial selection is a minor force due to transportation… the isolation of a human population over vast times just doesnt happen anymore.

Denchanter357
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Denchanter357

the way i see it is that science is going to step in the way of that devolution. kind of a genetic cockblock for terrible genes.

Denchanter357
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Denchanter357

a giant superorganism? you don’t agree with natural evolution? are you an example of devolution?

cookie5618
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cookie5618

gattaca

cookie5618
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cookie5618

surely gives me the creeps

Gr4yW0rld
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Gr4yW0rld

so, how much can we change our genes till… how do I put this nicely… our child no longer has our eyes?
How much change we change before we are no longer ourselves? or does it not matter?
Has society reached a point where its not about our genes and its just about improving the race as a whole?
adopt

hazeltoblue
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hazeltoblue

Isn’t this what Hitler wanted? It’s called Eugenics, and it is being presented by a Jew…oh, the irony! Sounds to me like an utter denial of what we are actually capable of achieving without science and western medicine.

Zalanoid
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Zalanoid

Yes, a giant superorgainsm, which has parts, that are working integrated and differentiated. Just have a look at nature itself. It is the true form of evolution. It is similar to the way, that plant cells evolved from the separate mitokondrium and the cloroplastis or however you call them in english.

Zalanoid
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Zalanoid

It is called endosymbionism, or something like that, sorry my scientific english is very bad. I usually just watch star wars and other stuff.

Zalanoid
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Zalanoid

And there is also an idea which says, that in the evolution of animals and of cvourse also plants for a period of time it has been much more effective to have other animals and plants. The most simple if you think about bees. Lots of plants ar unable to have seeds without them.

megamarsvin
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megamarsvin

No, Hitler wanted forced breeding based on his personal preference for certain phenotypes and, of course, ethnic cleansing based on other of his personal preferences. If you think this is the same thing you’re rather missing the point.

RandyLahey911
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RandyLahey911

Sounds like Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park

sandform
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sandform

I know this is a 10 month back response, but still,

KAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHNNNNNN.