Archive for the 'Evolution' Category

This evening I went to the Kendall Cinema to watch “Gonzo,” the latest documentary about Hunter S. Thompson. Afterwards, in honor of the doctor, I wrote the following letter to Rolling Stone magazine: To Rolling Stone, Several months ago you began stamping my name and address on piles of dead trees and convincing the United […]

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Eugenics

Picture the day when our genetic engineering techniques have become effective and practical. Barring regulation, in a capitalist society money will in fact buy better genes. “Better” could mean more resistant to disease, cancer, and other afflictions. It might also mean beauty, size, personality and intelligence.

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Battleground

Technology allows one person to wield the power of many. Technology allows many people to communicate very quickly and effectively. In some ways, these are two opposing factors. If one person can wield the power of many, someday it may be possible for a very small group of people to directly control the daily lives […]

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Intelligence allows us to evolve very rapidly. By the next century, I imagine that direct genetic manipulation will be commonplace, and this will enable us to self-select genetic specific traits for specific social niches. We will undoubtedly develop increasingly sophisticated technologies of communication, and increasingly sophisticated technologies of control. This will spur the arms race […]

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