[Paleopsych] Chinese Eugenics

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Sat Apr 2 15:53:52 UTC 2005

Today's theme is Chinese Eugenics. Several articles will follow, some of 
them alarming, others offensive. But the threat or promise of Chinese 
eugenics could well be the biggest transhumanist development in the next 
generation. Questions to ponder?

1. Are the Chinese creating a master race?
2. Will Chinese eugenics trigger off a eugenics arms race?
3. Will these arms races be directed by central governments?
4. Since it will take a generation for eugenics to have an effect, is 
there any government that can plan ahead that long? Autarchies are 
prone to being overthrown and politicians in democracies face the 
electorate several times a generation. Both of these militate against 
long-range planning.
5. Will autarchies select for conformity toward national objectives or 
will they realize that what is required for national goals to be achieved 
is a population that is creative, cantankerous, rebellious, as well as 
intelligent? These prospective populations put existing governments at 
a severe risk.
6. Will parents in nations that allow for individual eugenic choice risk 
having children that will be pointlessly rebellious for the sake of a very 
few that will be recognized as true pioneers only by posterity? How thick 
is the line between genius and madness?
7. How will a Chinese-dominated world differ from the world we know?
8. How far will one nation have to get ahead to dominate the world?
9. How can the world be made safe for pluralism?
10. Are these prospects so wicked that a preventive nuclear war be 
launched against RED China, as some neocons seem to wish?

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