[LINK] Well, it is April
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Tue Apr 17 16:08:52 EST 2012
On 17/04/2012 12:40 PM, grove at zeta.org.au wrote:
> Why not go the whole hog and delay children going through puberty and growing up
> at all? ...
> a pragmatic part of me (after having read a similar premise in an SF novel)
> thinks that perhaps delaying adulthood in *all* humans, so that they do not
> mature as fast, are smaller and less destructive on one another and the environment,
> might not be such a bad evolutionary principle. That is, to permit intellectual
> and emotional development in a "child" but through the use of genetics and
> hormone therapy, keep them in an immature state until about 25 or so.
> I know it sounds quite bizarre, but this is actually achievable in a generation or
> so, with a few eugenic-style tweaks. A lot more achievable than "cats eyes" for
> example. Bizarre, extreme and unsavoury, all of it, but the potential is there
> and the fact someone already thought of it means others are already thinking of it.....
I believe it was W.C. Fields who said that children should be frozen at
birth and thawed out, with care, at 21. That would have been the 1920s.
He was joking.
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