Tom Olson

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What if we could chose our genetic traits? Is this moral? What would you chose and should it be offered to only the rich?

We would lose a since of individualism and character. Should we judge all people by their actions whether they can control them or not?

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    Jun 1 2011: Well, it depends on where you think your morality comes from. This is a very sincere question, and something we will most definitely need to answer within the next century. I wouldn't mind a few "genetic enhancements" here and there, but I do not know if I'm ready to say it is right or wrong. However, I do not believe this would lead to a loss of individualism or character. The example that comes to mind right away is cosmetic surgery. Some people say getting a nose job is "wrong." But then telling the Muslim girl whose father cut off her nose for reading a book that cosmetic surgery is "wrong" might not bode well with others.
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    Jun 10 2011: btw - judging people is not a healthy practice. you are comparing that person to yourself mainly to make you feel better about yourself.
  • Jun 5 2011: I believe it is totally moral and makes total sense. Obviously it should be available to every body (not only poor). Since the evolution and natural selection is not the case for human beings anymore, would make absolute sense for us to design our own future generations.
  • Jun 3 2011: Would the mentally ill people in this hypothetical situation choose to undergo said therapy? And, depending on their illness, would they even be able to make that decision? If not, who would make that decision for them? To me, the question is ultimately one of responsibility in this situation.
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    Jun 1 2011: Are we playing god or becoming more fit to cope with environmental changes?
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      Jun 1 2011: To help families with hereditary mental illness that's a yes, i'm not against enhancement it's just that by enhancing a trait will there be a trade off on other traits? for example: a bodybuilder starts using a steroid,that steroid floods his system,the system takes note of the increased steroid so it starts to decrease it's natural production of that steroid to balance the system.Enhancing say three traits,will the system decrease other traits? say like bone structure mass? or muscle tone?

      it's just a silly idea but one never knows.

      Actually if the rich do get it first, it could be a good testing ground for the genies lol
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    Jun 1 2011: It is a decision to judge, and I think it's very dangerous when you start saying that people can not control their own actions - there is a level of responsibility that all need to take. No cop outs!
    To take control of your life, take responsibility of your actions.
    Sure you never have full control of your life, but you can decide whether to get out of your bed or not.
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      Jun 1 2011: Hi Barry.........You must be speaking of "normal" people. There are those mentally ill people who at some point in their life cannot control their own actions. I do not believe in demonic possession but that is how some people behave. In some cases we have to assume that their emotions control their actions instead of reason. (:>)
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        Jun 1 2011: That's who I was referring to. :^) It would provide an invaluable opportunity to people with disabilities.
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        Jun 10 2011: Hi Helen,
        I can not agree with you, unless you speak from experience that you are not a "normal" person then you can not know what another person is thinking, and nor do I - I'm just saying that you are giving people an escape that seems easy. I think we must have different definitions of mentally ill, or nowadays it has been common practice to label someone mentally ill just to justify their actions. I'm sure 90+% of the world's population goes through depression, and I don't think that having your emotions control your actions is necessarily a bad thing. How many times have you done something for someone because you have an emotional attachment to that person.
        As for people with disabilities as you say, I know that there have been cases where a child has been born with a disability, in this case down syndrome, and the parents have embraced it with so much love that they see the child as a god sent, an angel - they have learnt so much and valued so much more about life and understanding that they would never have received from a "normal" child as they would have taken it for granted. I would commend those parents that look beyond labelling people "normal" and with "disability" - these are truely special people.