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John Horgan calls techno-eugenic predictions "irresponsible"

Genetic Crossroads
November 21st, 1999


In his new book, The Undiscovered Mind: How the Human Brain


Defies Replications, Medication and Explanation (New York:

The Free Press, 1999), John Horgan writes


"The Princeton geneticist Lee Silver cranked up the rhetoric


even higher in his 1997 book, Remaking Eden. Silver prophesied


that genetic engineering might one day divide humanity into
two

separate species: the Genrich class, which can afford genetic


engineering, and the Natural class, which cannot. The Genrich


class will be supremely talented intellectually and athletically,


free of physical and mental illness, and possibly even immortal.


"These utopian (dystopian?) predictions are ludicrous—and,
coming

from leading geneticists, irresponsible—given the track
record

of behavioral genetics thus far" (p. 161).



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