Will Genetic Engineering Solve Humanity’s Problems?

629.4The ever quickening advances of science made possible by the success of the Human Genome Project will also soon let us see the essences of mental disease. Only after we understand them at the genetic level can we rationally seek out appropriate therapies for such illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disease.

Knowing “why” (an idea) is more important than learning “what” (the fact) (James D. Watson).

Comment: Scientists cannot explain how or why these changes occur.

My Response: But there are things that we can really change in ourselves by making some rearrangements in the genes. It is just the inner part of our body; its higher level is where information about it is encoded. It is not beyond our reach. It is in our power to change things there because it is an egoistic part of our existence.

Imagine such a tool as a man has been created, in his animal body, with his own characteristics. It contains certain information and some kind of program of existence and development. We get access to this program because we have already developed to a certain degree and can tap into this block within us, either to do something with good intentions or, as usually happens, with bad ones.

A while back we gained access to primitive weapons, then to firearms, then to the atomic bomb. We can use them either for harm or for good. It’s the same here. We have two ways before us: either to act for the benefit of humanity or to harm it. So it will be until people come to their senses.

But it’s all a matter of technology! I don’t see anything out of reach here. We will be able to somewhat understand the causes of certain diseases and psychological and psychotic disorders.

But of course this will not solve our problem as humanity, nor the problem of our existence or the meaning of life. It is just in charge of our body.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Dissenting Opinion” 8/29/10

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