Re-engineering the human being is being considered by some scientist as the best solution to global warming, reports Livewire.
Conventional solutions to global warming, such as government policies and changes in individual behavior, have so far shown very little progress. While other options like pumping sulfur into the atmosphere to counteract warming are a far greater risk.
Three researchers are now suggesting that by re-engineering human beings we can avoid the disastrous effects of climate change.
Anders Sandberg, an ethicist at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, is one of the researchers suggesting the idea.
“We are serious philosophers, but we might not be entirely serious that people should be doing this. What we are arguing is we should be taking a look at this, at the very least.”
In an article to be published in the journal Ethics, Policy and the Environment they make a number of suggestions as to what kind of engineering and the reasons for it, such as:
-Induce intolerance to red meat (think lactose intolerance), since livestock farmingaccounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions.
-Make humans smaller to reduce the amount of energy we each need to consume. This could be done by selecting smaller embryos through preimplantation genetic diagnosis, a technique already in use to screen for genetic diseases.
-Reduce birthrates by making people smarter, since higher cognitive ability appears linked to lower birthrates. This could be achieved through a variety of means, including better schooling, electrical stimulation of the brain and drugs designed to improve cognitive ability.
-Treat people with hormones, such as oxytocin, to make us more altruistic and empathetic. As a result, people would be more willing to act as a group and more sensitive to the suffering of animals and other people caused by climate change.
Sandberg further points out:
“Fluoride is put into water systems to protect our teeth, and we receive vaccines to protect against disease. Both measures — just like human engineering measures that could address climate change — carry risk, but they have been widely adopted.
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