Guardian Unlimited | Science | There is no stop button in the race for human re-engineering
For example, if you can have Viagra for an enhanced sexual life, why not a Viagra for the mind? Is there a meaningful difference? If we show such enthusiasm for "improving" our noses and breasts with cosmetic surgery, why not also improve our brains? As computers continue to increase in power and shrink in size, why shouldn't we come to use them as prostheses, a kind of artificial limb for the brain? If we have successfully lengthened life expectancy with good sanitation and diet, why can't we lengthen it with new drugs? Ritalin is already being traded in the classroom by US students to help improve their concentration.
Computer Engineering? Done. Electrical Engineering? Bah, done. Chemical Engineering? Leh, done.
Human Engineering, anyone? Hmmm.. sounds promising. Perhaps that's the future, where all the money will come. Need-..more-..money-..
Thus humans racing in time to follow the trend, without fully aware about the future horrible effects.
As far as I understand, Catholic Church is always the reluctant side to go with the trend. They crawl so very slowly everyone feels like we're sooo outdated. Thus we are being laughed at so many times. "A turtle, your church is", speaking Yoda-like.
In this trend of human engineering, we proudly stand that we are against stemcell research. Just like saying no to abortion, we try to predict the future on what could "Roe vs. Wade" bring to the sanctity of sexuality. We fully hold that the human values are more than just sexuality, richness, healthier lifestyle, freedom against pain and diseases, prolonged life expectation etc etc. New diseases, feeling of inadequacy & suffering will always exist. Humans are never perfect by themselves.
It's your relationship with the Owner of your life that really matters in the end.
So hear, hear. Let see what might happened now. Meanwhile, I know on which side I will be.
a0z0ra @ 11:23 AM  |