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Matthieu Miossec

Doctoral Student - Genetic Medecine (Congenital Heart Disease),

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we should use new technologies and genetic engineering to enhance human beings.

Here is an issue that has always divided people at University and therefore should bolster some interesting debate on TED. Interestingly the debates we've had were sparked by Aubrey De Grey's TEDtalk back when TED was new to us. So this in a way is bringing a debate back to its place of origin.

I have my personal opinion on the matter but I will withold it until I've heard some arguments for and against.

Other issues that can be raised in the debate is the extent to which it should be allowed, solutions to problems arising from it and the societal consequences of such a shift.

So where does everyone stand on this issue?

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    Mar 5 2011: I'd say no, as it has already being tried, aka Eugenics. In theory its good, in practice, well, just look at what HItler was doing.

    Anyhow, Eugenics still exist today under a brand new name "Genetics".
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      Mar 6 2011: I've heard that said before, but I still don't see how it's like eugenics. Eugenics involved artificially selecting people under false pretences of making our species better. That involved killing and sterilising people based on very terrible criteria that ultimately had very little to do with fitness. It was bracketed as being what evolution wanted us to do, bolstering a further false idea that evolution has a purpose and direction.

      Transhumanism seeks to enhance humans in the same way we've already been enhancing ourselves with technology and synthetic objects, but more directly. It does need to be done at the expense of anyone.

      Genetics is the study of genes, how can you brand a whole field of science, especially one I'm highly involved in as eugenics? You know there are courses you can take in genetics.

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