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Old Aug 20th 2012, 12:40 PM
shekib82 shekib82 is offline
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Default Re: Would you genetic engineer your child?

Originally Posted by Dominick View Post
There are no genes for high level concepts such as 'helpful in life". Such behaviour is culturally specific and a product of education and/or indoctrination. There aren't even genes for the somewhat lower concept of intelligence. That is an emergent property of the brain which is not intrinsically encoded in DNA. Conceptually, DNA contains the notion 'build a brain of about that size and intricacy', it does not -not even close- detail how each and every neuron is linked. That occurs in a chaotic (technical term) and fractal fashion and is inherently unpredictable. Michael is right, any tampering is a lottery. Any outcome is possible.
(Edit; that's also the reason I'm heavily against GMO's).
Intelligence is not genetic. Really?
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