Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at the University
of Ulster, advocates "rethinking our opposition to eugenics"
in a recent BBC interview and in his Eugenics: A Reassessment
(Praeger Press, 2001). Lynn told the BBC:
"The new medical technology of eugenics is going to take
off, because it satisfies the needs of individuals, both for
themselves and as parents. Parents would like to have children
who are free of genetic diseases, and potentially in the future
they will want to have children who are intelligent. This is
serving people's needs and wishes. As the technology comes on
line to allow them to do this, people will take it up."
Lynn is associate editor of the eugenicist publication Mankind
Quarterly. He has said, "What is called for here is not
genocide, the killing off of the population of incompetent cultures.
But we do need to think realistically in terms of the 'phasing
out' of such peoples....Evolutionary progress means the extinction
of the less competent" (cited in Newsday, 11/9/94). For
the complete story see http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1952000/1952449.stm.
Bioethicist James Hughes argues that liberals and progressives
should embrace eugenic and "transhumanist" technologies
and politics. In his paper "Democratic Transhumanism,"
he presents an eleven-point program that includes the following:
"(1) Build the transhumanist movement, (2) Guarantee morphological
freedom and bodily autonomy... (5) Expand federal funding for
research into transhuman technologies, (6) Create national health
plans which include transhuman tech." For Hughes' complete
paper see: http://www.changesurfer.com/Acad/DemocraticTranshumanism.htm.
Gregory Stock extols the virtues of inheritable genetic modifications
in Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future (Houghton
Mifflin 2002). For a debate between Stock and Francis Fukuyama,
who has just published Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of
the Biotechnology Revolution (Farrar Straus & Giroux), see