Geoffrey Miller, Evolutionary psychologist, Evolutionary psychologist,attended a debate in New York a few weeks ago about whether or not we should outlaw genetic engineering in babies and the audience was pretty split. In China, 95 percent of an audience would say, “Obviously you should make babies genetically healthier, happier, and brighter!”. There’s a big cultural difference.
At BGI Shenzhen, scientists have collected DNA samples from 2,000 of the world’s smartest people and are sequencing their entire genomes in an attempt to identify the alleles which determine human intelligence. Apparently they’re not far from finding them, and when they do, embryo screening will allow parents to pick their brightest zygote and potentially bump up every generation’s intelligence by five to 15 IQ points.
In the 90s, China started to do widespread prenatal testing for birth defects with ultrasound, and more recently, they’ve spent a lot of money researching human genetics to figure out which genes make people smarter.
When does Geoffrey think the embryo analysis might be implemented on a large scale?
Actual use of the technology to do embryo screening might take five to ten years, but it could be just a few years. It depends on how motivated they are.
The results of the super-genius genetic analysis will be ready in about two months. Embryo screening for intelligence could begin shortly thereafter and then scale to widespread adoption over the next few years. The cost will drop from a few thousand dollars for the screening now to hundreds of dollars in two year and tens of dollars in five years.
If 20% of the World’s Population Fully Embraces with Transhumanism and Genetic Engineering
China has a little over 20% of the World’s population.
If China fully embraces genetic screening and then engineering for intelligence and then other factors then it seems the rest of world will have to follow.
By 2035, China could have an entire generation with IQs of 130 and more (and a far higher percentage of geniuses) and life expectancy of 100+ (supercentenarian, who live to 110+ genetic study also in progress).
China will have the science and the will for a massive and effective eugenics program.
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