Thank you, Stuart. Wonderful commentary.
Reminds me of Lyndon LaRouche, one of whose recent treatises on the future
of the world had a pretty picture of a nuclear complex in Harrisburg, PA.
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From: "Stuart Newman" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2007 8:50 PM
Subject: Re: Our Biotech Future by Freeman Dyson
> Freeman Dyson's piece seems like pure madness to me. It is obviously
> by someone who has no concept of biology. Plants based on silicon rather
> than chlorophyll? Come on.
> Since Dyson is a physicist, he might more productively turn his efforts to
> weakening the charge of the proton so that we can produce electricity at
> lower cost, or re-engineering the gravitational constant so that we don't
> expend so much energy transporting cargo. These proposals make about as
> much sense as his.
> And wouldn't be just a little cruel to have children and other free agents
> tinkering with the genomes of animals so as to produce dysmorphic and
> deranged living toys?
> Dyson has been at this for almost 20 years. The British philosopher of
> Mary Midgley raked him over the coals (along with some Left icons such as
> Haldane and JD Bernal) in the excellent "Science as Salvation" (Routledge,
> 1992) for what she calls "quasi-scientific dreams and prophesies"
> visions of escape from the constraints of biology, coupled with
> uncontrolled power-fantasies."