I have been following the exchange about the potential for a new eugenics. I think Derb misses the point by a wide margin. Using biotechnology to improve health isn’t really eugenics. Eugenics involves making invidious distinctions between human beings and determining that some have lesser value than others based on their abilities or capacities. That is precisely the kind of thinking that leads to the weak being exploited, oppressed, and killed, since the deciders–to borrow President Bush’s oft mocked term–never proclaim themselves to be the inferior ones.
One final point. When apologists for eugenics discuss the potential for human engineering, they almost always mention increasing human intelligence, as if that is the most important human attribute. Funny, how they never discuss increasing our capacity to love.