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Thoughts and opinions on Eugenics?

Author : deanpaxton1996

Submitted : 2017-06-17 18:16:14    Popularity:     

Tags: Thoughts  opinions  Eugenics  

For those who don't know, this is a set of beliefs and practices that aim to improve the genetic quality of a group of individuals. The relationship between fertility and intelligence has been investigated in many demographic studies, with contradicti

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My personal idea about it is that eugenics is necessary although in the long run it won't happen in the way in which it's needed. There's positive and negative eugenics, adding or 'enhancing' genes (positive) or taking genes away or repressing them (negative). In my opinion, the way it needs to be implemented is in the form of 'neutral eugenics', to maintain the current gene-pool, rather than augment and change it by deleting code and adding code (except on a small scale to perhaps reduce obvious genetic diseases). The genes that formed our bodies and minds, although arguably far from perfect, have managed to keep us functioning in groups 'stably' for hundreds of thousands of years with little change. Once we start tampering with our own genes, although we might think 'great we as a species can become anything we want' or 'my child will be anything I want it to be' in reality humans function as a social species and the effect on populations will be far too complex for us to understand, even if tiny genetic modifications are done on the population influencing the way our minds work, because we're a social species and depend entirely on interactions within the group, it will have huge and unpredictable effects on the way society functions. No human or simulation can understand or calculate what changing our own genes will do

It would be like the blind leading the blind. Imagine a chimp trying to assess it's own positive traits and enhancing them whilst suppressing what it thought of as it's negative traits. Before long they'd become a group of 'alpha' chimps, all with extreme aggression flinging poop at anything that moved, it's questionable whether young could be successfully raised and developed by a population of 'alphas'. Human's, although most don't fling poop anymore, are equally unable to assess their own positive and negative traits when it comes to our functioning in groups whether they see positive traits as being 'restraint', 'aggression', 'balanced' etc. Before civilisation we had nature to guide us but once we begin to guide ourselves negative or positive feedback loops between altered behaviour and decision-making and implementation of further genetic change in future generations will almost certainly lead to our own destruction or our continued survival but with the loss of what really makes us human. This is also what we see with these huge civilisations, in our man made environments evolution has been turned on it's head, our direction and success as a species is unpredictable and millions of people die horrifically because of our the instability whilst others live long drawn out lives of existential misery in the mindlessness boringness of the middleclass. Beforehand we had been stable for hundreds of thousands of years with varied and 'natural' lives with very little change in our genetic information

It's probably considered a boring opinion, I know, but I think we should use this amazing opportunity we've got to 'tamper' with genes to maintain what we've got rather than change and lose what we've got whilst we figure out the next step in implementing positive and negative eugenics over a much longer time period. We need to wait thousands or tens of thousands of years in order to get all the information we need about the best direction to take with positive and negative eugenics. Neutral eugenics ftw (even tough it will never happen)

I'm surprised this question didn't get more responses.

Eugenics is basically the idea that people who look like us are smarter and more worthy than people of different colors or with different features, that WE have to protect ourselves from OTHERS who are different. There's never really been one particle of evidence that blacks or Jews or Slavs or Arabs or Hispanics are less intelligent, less honest, less hard-working than Christian white people of European ancestry. They used IQ tests as evidence but we don't even use IQ today after we learned it's practically impossible to test IQ in a way that is not culturally biased.

Eugenics had its day in the US, supported by many famous rich people who set the trends in those days. But Henry Ford and Charles Liindbergh were not experts in genetics any more than Hitler was. Eugenics is to racism what 'Intelligent Design' is to Creationism--an attempt to legitimize and justify a stupid idea by making it into a pseudoscience.

Sigh. Historically, eugenics had nothing to do with improving the genetics of the population.

"The relationship between fertility and intelligence has been investigated in many demographic studies,"

Sigh. Almost certainly correlated with socioeconimc standards...as people have better socioeconiomic standards, they do better at IQ tests, and choose to have fewer children.



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