1. A tweet from Mr. Gunn:
@MaverickNY For someone who toils daily to uncover the real truth of something, to be told that belief = truth is insulting to my efforts
…….did I think desire and motivation was all about chemistry. I said there was no question about it. She talked about a “part of us that doesn’t want it to be like that”. I wonder. What is lost when we think of the mind as a machine? Magic? The ghost or soul? For some, a sense of wonder and mystery. Control. Because, remember, most people are not neuroscientists.
The structural similarities between the opposition to these two classes of “meddling” are pronounced enough that I think those of us in the pro-lifespan extension camp would do well to carefully observe how the debate proceeds on the question of cognitive enhancement — and take notes — because, someday, we’re going to be having the same debate about lifespan.
….call me idealistic, but I suspect that parents will love their IVF-conceived children just as much regardless of whether they were randomly plucked from a Petri dish or selected on the basis of genetic information.
With all due apologies, science != academic science. Join a startup, or start one.