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    So who's up for some cat eyes, or hobbit sized kids? [​IMG] Sheesh.



    How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change

    By Ross Andersen


    Mar 12 2012, 10:03 AM ET730

    From drugs to help you avoid eating meat to genetically engineered cat-like eyes to reduce the need for lighting, a wild interview about changes humans could make to themselves to battle climate change.

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    The threat of global climate change has prompted us to redesign many of our technologies to be more energy-efficient. From lightweight hybrid cars to long-lasting LED's, engineers have made well-known products smaller and less wasteful. But tinkering with our tools will only get us so far, because however smart our technologies become, the human body has its own ecological footprint, and there are more of them than ever before. So, some scholars are asking, what if we could engineer human beings to be more energy efficient? A new paper to be published in Ethics, Policy & Environment proposes a series of biomedical modifications that could help humans, themselves, consume less.

    Some of the proposed modifications are simple and noninvasive. For instance, many people wish to give up meat for ecological reasons, but lack the willpower to do so on their own. The paper suggests that such individuals could take a pill that would trigger mild nausea upon the ingestion of meat, which would then lead to a lasting aversion to meat-eating. Other techniques are bound to be more controversial. For instance, the paper suggests that parents could make use of genetic engineering or hormone therapy in order to birth smaller, less resource-intensive children.


    How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change - Ross Andersen - Technology - The Atlantic
     
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    This guy is a professor at a university, who probably pulls in a couple hundred thousand a year to teach a couple of classes.

    Isn't it ethically problematic to allow parents to make these kinds of irreversible choices for their children?

    Liao: That's a really good question. First, I think it's useful to distinguish between selection and modification. With selection you don't really have the issue of irreversible choices because the embryo selected can't complain that she could have been otherwise---if the parents had selected a different embryo, she wouldn't have existed at all. In the case of modification, that issue could certainly arise, but even then I think it's important to step back and ask why we are looking at these solutions in the first place. The reason we are even considering these solutions is to prevent climate change, which is a really serious problem, and which might affect the well being of millions of people including the child. And so in that context, if on balance human engineering is going to promote the well being of that particular child, then you might be able to justify the solution to the child.

    About those cat eyes. Meow...

    "We figured that if everyone had cat eyes, you wouldn't need so much lighting"
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    Read the article. The guy is insane. He wants people to take a nausea inducing drug whenever they eat meat, so that they get sick and never eat meat again. Then, he wants to drug people so as to make them think the way he wants them to think i.e. donate more to charity and believe in this insane nonsense. The guy is seriously disturbed. Good thing he's teaching.
     
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    Yeah, I know I wouldn't want him out in the real world.

    He should do what I do, eat meat until I puke and skip the pill.
     
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    It is almost as though it is tongue in cheek.. and if not it is a whole lot weird.

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    why is somebody like that allowed to even be around young people let alone teach them his retarded sh!t, he belongs in a state hospital sitting in a chair studying his navel, i wonder what this moron eats himself.

    Watch your children, pay attention to their teachers, meet with their teachers, if their teachers look or act like whacko's get your kids away from them, this liberal movement has loaded the public schools with moonbat teachers and they are hell bent on filling your childs brain with all of their babbling blubbering slopping sh!t bullsh!t.

    "mommy"
    "yes dear"
    "can you help me with my homework"
    "yes dear, what do you have tonight"
    "i have to put three rubber things called condoms on three cucumbers"
    "daddy will help you"
    "ok mom"
    "mommy"
    "yes dear"
    "teacher told me to fart in the rubbish bag"
    "all right dear"

    :confused:

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    Oh, Oh!! I'll take a hobbit size cat with kid's eyes, please. And I want it to be hairless with blue skin and have giant ears.

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    As an alternative you could listen to his rants and algores and get nauseous without the drugs, of course you'd just get sick of them not the meat.... :D
     
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    Steve Jobs wanted to put acid in the water supply...

    no joke...

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    that guy was f-ing insane! No way I'd ever support that kind of thinking

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    No way he'd put it in there for free...

    "Mommy, there's an Arab who wants to put acid in the water supply."
    "Get in the cellar with the canned food and guns! Do they know who it is?"
    "It's Steve Jobs Mommy."
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    After this past winter I'm not so sure I'm against global warming anymore.
     
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    My spin? This guy listened to early Genesis way too much, specifically "Get 'em out by Friday," a song in which "they" evict everybody and breed three-foot-tall people so high-rises can rent out twice as many units or somesuch...

    Genesis-Get Em' Out By Friday - YouTube
     

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