[extropy-chat] Michael Crichton's big question
pj at pj-manney.com
Sun Dec 10 03:35:35 UTC 2006
Michael Crichton has asked the following on Yahoo Answers:
"What will be the biggest benefit for human beings from mapping the human genome?"
Approximately 2000 people have answered already. Usually I find Yahoo Answers to be the very worst of the Vox Populi. There is no wisdom to be found in any of their crowds -- usually. But in answering this question, there appear to be a surprising number of people who might call themselves transhumanists or H+ers if they knew the concepts existed.
Obviously, the way the question is phrased will bring out a larger number of positive answers than would "Is there a benefit from mapping the human genome?" which would bring out more people who could answer the question with "No." But it bears taking a look at.
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