09 September 2009

A fine example of the self-destructive stupidity of humans

In a 2-page article, the New Scientist gleefully reports that cheap in vitro fertilization will soon be available in Africa. Oh Joy! What they certainly need in Africa is more people. Most of the article is actually about making IVF cheaper not just in Africa, but everywhere else too. Let's hope they will make it so cheap that many more people will use it to have many more babies. The more the better. Yes!

What is really bizarre is that the editors of the New Scientist appear to be very enthusiastic about the prospects of adding even more people to the already-over-the-limit world population. They wrote: "Now that we know it is possible, no-frills IVF should be a priority for clinics everywhere, not just in Africa."

When there are so many procreators around, who needs enemies?

6 comments:

Aluajala said...

In my opinion there Should be IVF anyone can reach BUT people actually need to pass a test or smth like this for having a baby like we do pass the test for getting a driver license. If you can afford an IVF but can't afford to bring up a baby properly (means provide it with good food, clothes, education and emotional feedback AND have all of the above for yourself too) - no licence, no baby.

xoggoth said...

Insane, although I suppose if it is only the most successful (ie generally the most intelligent) who can afford it, it may not be such a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

What a truly conceded thought... So the main component to success is intelligence? I would have guessed there would be a strong correlation to other factors, such as opportunities, parents wealth, social status...

Anonymous said...

I have a further complaint with Xoggoth's comment- Who says that intelligence is the ideal trait that humans should be bred for?

Why not for charitability or allergy resistance? Maybe for a greater density of nerve endings in the fingertips? Who knows what biology would be most advantageous millennia from now?

Broad genetic variation is the key to survival of the species in an uncertain future, and Africa is humanity's richest store of variation.

Coyote said...

Presumably, with intelligence, one could overcome lack of parents' wealth or lower social status, or even something such as less dense nerve endings in the fingertips.

Also, presumably, intelligence would help understand the value of charitability (although charitable behavior could still be taught to someone less intelligent).

Aluajala said...

I think it's not really about intelligence but one's ability to survive.

In ancient times endurance and strength were key things to have and pass to children with genes.

In modern world intelligence usually helps overcome certain situations but it is also important to make a good emotional climate for a new person or he'll become an intelligent psychotic (because he can see and understand what's wrong but won't always be able to change it) which is not very good. That's why I say people should not just bear kids in ugly conditions no matter what, they should think first.