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To: PatrickHenry
I don't know how you do it - day in/day out, you're out there putting up the good fight. Personally, I find it all so very tiresome. If it isn't obvious to all, within 50-100 years, scientists & industry will be utilizing genetic engineering to address practically every issue confronting humanity. And it won't be mundane speciation.

Example: how/why did our senses evolve? What is their physical manifestation? What if the basic drivers could be replicated without the actual physical sensation? For instance, why do we enjoy music? Why does certain food taste so good?

The day is coming quite soon when we will have the ability to directly manipulate these sensations via artificial means. Why devote millions of acres to growing foodstuffs when crops can be genetically altered to produce the most nutrients/calories & combine this with genetically altered humans so that they think they are eating steak?

Ditto music; who needs sound when the same response mechanism can be artificially triggered? Science isn't progessing at a linear or geometric rate; rather, it's practically exponential.

These are exciting times - wasting it on debates with people who you would normally never even know existed, as they operate completely out of your sphere, is a futile excercise.

16 posted on 09/07/2006 3:02:50 PM PDT by Chuck Dent
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To: Chuck Dent
In a way, your future scenario confirms the article's premise - we are evolving into two different species already. ;)

I'll take it further - in less than five hundred years further developments in quantum physics may help us understand consciousness well enough to evolve beyond the need to occupy a physical body. We'll be able to send our consciousness anywhere in the Universe, with just a thought. And some of us on FR today will still be alive to experience that transformation.

17 posted on 09/07/2006 3:10:28 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Chuck Dent
These are exciting times - wasting it on debates with people who you would normally never even know existed, as they operate completely out of your sphere, is a futile excercise.

We don't do it for them. The entire mission of these science threads -- aside from the unexpected delight of having met scores of bright, talented, and conservative scientists and engineers working in academia and industry, plus a huge number of others who are highly educated and appreciative of science -- is to demonstrate to the lurkers (there are 669 views of this thread and only 23 posts) that there are conservatives, loads of them, who aren't anti-science idiots.

24 posted on 09/07/2006 4:38:21 PM PDT by PatrickHenry (Where are the anachronistic fossils? Where are the moderate creationists?)
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To: Chuck Dent
These are exciting times - wasting it on debates with people who you would normally never even know existed, as they operate completely out of your sphere, is a futile excercise.

Maybe those people don't exist. Perhaps you are arguing with a biogenetic computer. Perhaps you are, too.

30 posted on 09/07/2006 6:37:20 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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