The implications of gene editing are huge. It could create new classes of people overnight.
In the future, probably not too many people will mind genetic editing that makes us taller, or changes the color of eyes. And even fewer people will disagree with using this type of science to eliminate hereditary disease, such as Alzheimer’s or Diabetes. But what about growing an extra set of blue colored arms like the Hindu lord Krishna? Or what about growing a horse’s lower body so humans can become centaurs? I’ve even heard male biohackers talk about trying to grow a second penis right above their primary one.
There's an entire movement called Transhumanism that's dedicated to enhancing humans. They believe that it's the natural progression of humans to move beyond our natural biology.
Humans are handicapped by our biology. We operate tens of thousands of years behind evolution with our inherited instincts, which means our behavior is not suited towards its current environment. Futurists like to say evolution is always late to the dinner party. We have instincts that apply to our biology in a world that existed ages ago; not a world of skyscrapers, cell phones, jet air travel, the Internet, and CRISPR gene editing technology. We must catch up to ourselves. We must evolve our thinking to adapt to where we are in the evolutionary ascent. We must force our evolution in the present day via our reasoning, inventiveness, and especially our scientific technology. In short, we must embrace transhumanism—the radical field of science that aims to turn humans into, for lack of a better word, gods.
Not everyone thinks that transhumanism and human enhancement is a good idea.
Transhumanism is dangerous because it sees humans as UNexceptional–and also because it seeks to create a radical new moral order that can only be described a symbiosis between social anarchy and fascistic statism.
A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows a profound distrust of scientists, a suspicion about claims of progress and a real discomfort with the idea of meddling with human abilities. The survey also opens a window into the public’s views on what it means to be a human being and what values are important.