Technocrats who believe that humans are just animals like every other animal, see no problem in crossing species by genetic modification. Transhumans go one step further by claiming to control evolution, creating Humans 2.0.
The cat is out of the bag with human genetic engineering. Once the human germline is modified, those changes will be permanently inherited by future generations, mixing with other DNA to produce unknown results.
Rich transhumans, many of whom are associated with Silicon Valley and Big Tech, fully expect that gene editing will take over the process of evolution, allowing them to design humanity 2.0. They are wrong, but that won’t hinder their efforts.
Dr. Barash’s goal is to convince the world that humans are no different that animals and in particular, monkeys. He thinks it would be good for scientists to use CRISPR and create Chimera ‘Humanzees’. His book’s subtitle says it all: ‘Using science to see our species as it really is.’
Technocrat scientists view humans as an animal species that is on the same level as monkeys – just containers of atoms and molecules – so there is no ethical problem with inserting human genes into them.
Flipping logic upside-down, the Technocrats at Calyxt state: “At Calyxt, we believe it is unethical NOT to use our technologies to address these issues head-on.” In reality, GMO is not equivalent to traditional plant husbandry.
There are non-Technocrats who see that science must be used responsibly., but once Pandora’s Box has been opened, it is impossible to shut. Rogue scientists will continue to ignore the warnings.
The renegade scientist who edited the gene of twin girls said it was for HIV resistance, but now it is learned that the same gene is directly related to enhanced cognition. This may have been the real goal from the beginning.
This is the Technocrat mindset that science can solve any problem. Problem: Mosquitos make people sick. Solution: Kill all mosquitos. This is a slippery slope that will lead to tampering with other species.
[su_note note_color="#daf2fd" radius="2"]There is an arms race of sorts as genetic scientists 'scour the planet' for alternatives to standard CRISPR technology. As it gathers steam, editing the human genome will prove to be the scourge of humanity.