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No sex needed for reproduction

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Watching Evolve by History Channel, the episode about sex, they shown one guy who said that in the future it may be considered careless to use a typical biological process in order to have kids which involves risks of complications, great pain and unpredictable results in terms of health of the child.

Instead he believes genetic engineering of children would become a normal and socially acceptable thing, in time. I think it may also be possible to grow children outside of the womb... This all seems pretty wild, but when looked at from a cold objective perspective of the evolution it makes perfect sense. Evolution has been making unique leaps many times over as new and better ways a specie can self preserve became available. People tend to think a typical reproductive process is "normal" and "natural" as if these new possibilities aren't. The ability to use tools, that is technology, and rely on them is probably the biggest reason humans are the most advanced specie on this planet and that capability developed perfectly naturally.

What do you think?

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Re: No sex needed for reproduction

quite a discussable issue not only for socialogists but also for religious people too.

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Re: No sex needed for reproduction

Ugh, this is the classic scenario from Huxley's "Brave New World". Technology may be great but it lacks love. What kind of an evolution is it if we're heartless, socially lacking but highly efficient kegs in the machine? Personally I wouldnt want such a development. Heck, we're actually half way there already. If you ask me we need to find a better balance between technology and nature where we come from. That and only that will ensure our survival and transition to a higher level.

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Re: No sex needed for reproduction

"Nature vs. technology" is a false dichotomy.

Given that this way of reproduction might end up being safer, love, among other emotions, might be the very reason why might anyone adopt it. Also, it isn't technology which is supposed to have love, but people. Technology is neutral, but we give its uses meaning.

I'm familiar with the Brave New World, but I think the author exaggerates and scare mongers. There is certainly a risk that some people might abuse a technology, but that's a problem with human mentality, not with technology. If you create a child genetically programmed with particular abilities and tendencies, you're just doing what would've happened anyway. You aren't denying that child any kind of "freedom" by doing so.

But genes are only half if not even less of the puzzle of personal development. Experience plays a major role too. So a parent should still be willing to accept that even their genetically engineered child might choose a path different from the one they might have envisioned. Trouble is, that kind of "live and let live" mentality seems rare in this entire society, let alone in families, and that needs to change.

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Re: No sex needed for reproduction

hi im new here..im a girl and if im to choose, i still want to bear my child in my wond..so what if its painful? its too human.. and i believe you would only appreciate being a mother, specifically, if you have been through all those u think was unbearable.. its satisfying!

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Re: No sex needed for reproduction

they cutting the fun part lol

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Re: No sex needed for reproduction

I personally want to create the baby myself in natural way, not other machines to create it for me.

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