I posted a diary here yesterday to bring your attention to the state of progressive eugenic thinking, and it’s rather shocking how few people have disagreed with Will Saletan (Slate’s longtime science and technology writer previously known for moderate views) when he wrote this last year in Slate:
Don’t tell me those Nigerian babies aren’t cognitively disadvantaged. Don’t tell me it isn’t genetic. Don’t tell me it’s God’s will. And in the age of genetic modification, don’t tell me we can’t do anything about it.
No, we are not created equal. But we are endowed by our Creator with the ideal of equality, and the intelligence to finish the job.
Farnkoff commented that Saletan is an anagram for Le Satan, and that got a 5 from ShillelaghLaw, who also posted a picture of Khan from Star Trek II and said genetic modification gives him the creeps, and that’s good, but really, those are very mild, passive objections. The kind that will just be rolled right over. Seems most people here are only trying to avoid the issue.
I’ll put this up now as poll now, and also at RMG, to get to the bottom of this. Leaving Obama and McCain out of it this time:
Is Will Saletan right? Do we have an obligation to “finish the job” of evolution, so that people are created equal in the most literal, genetic sense, at least in terms of intelligence?