Genetically Engineering Ethical People
“Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a “moral obligation” as it makes them grow up into “ethically better children”.
The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to “harm themselves and others”.
Personally I find this horrifying. Who exactly gets to decide on an absolute definition of ethics and morality? Western societies are hierarchical and defined by power imbalances and I don’t think that designing “ethically superior” children will correct that; it might even exacerbate it, depending on the notion of ethics that would form the basis of this design and who benefits from the particular ethics that are being encoded in children’s bodies.
What do you think?
- newfoundblog answered: Genetically modifying anything, never mind people, is insane! We think we are so much better than nature…Wrong!
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- the-milk-eyed-mender answered: i think arguing about whether it’s moral or not should take a backseat to the opportunity to literally save childrens lives before they begin
- threeuniverses answered: Moral Relativism excuses any kind of oppression, harm, or hate. As for giving control of reproduction to companies? No good. No good at all.
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- craigdodman89 answered: Taking away that much free will sounds like a greaaat idea…uuugh
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