CRISPR BabiesToo often we hear some scientist saying how some new technology, like CRISPR, will "save the world". Really, they are just following the cornucopian economic model of growth forever and ever, no matter the circumstances, grow at all costs. All businesses push it, almost all economists spout it, and all governments slavishly follow it.
One would hope that all scientists would understand the concepts of growth and saturation and be able to distinguish quality from quantity and have the courage to speak plainly to the mathematical fact that maxmizing quantity sacrifices quality...
We are a small group animal. Or, more accurately, we evolved as a small group animal. Large groups of humans always become pathological. (Observe how the large "American Group" subdivides into so many subgroups in largely failed efforts to find a small group that individuals can be comfortable within. Observe how the "family small group" is still "important" and observe how it is destroyed by bringing to the table a world-wide-web of electronic communication devices. Observe...)
Long before CRISPR, Huxley explained how the human animal could be remodelled (The Department of Predestination) and conditioned (subliminal messaging in sleep and elimination of the family) and standardized (Bokanovsky's Process) and placated (soma) so as to live as a large group animal --- like ants. Of course these are all the sorts of things that we do to the domesticated species that serve us. Observe how GMO is much touted as a tool for manipulating domestic species.
Domestication is an interesting process. Consider the dog. Derived from a wolf, it's skin has become loose and sagging. It's brain is much smaller than a wolf. It's analytical ability is nothing compared to a wolf but the dog greatly exceeds the wolf when it comes to being "emotionally intelligent" --- which is to say, being compliant, being docile, being domestic.
Now I ponder for a minute. What is the most domesticated species? I'd say that it is the human species.
Roll out the CRISPR babies...