- We were discussing eugenics on the VHEMT Volunteers and Supporters'
list, but of course that's off topic so I'm moving it to this list.
The big problem with selective breeding is that it requires breeding.
Something to think about when trying to improve our species by
encouraging the best specimen to breed is that we aren't taking care
of the new humans we are creating. It doesn't matter if we create
geniuses if their development is retarded by environmental
conditions. Here's an example from Richard Fuller, Executive Director
of the Blacksmith Institute:
"I went to a town in Zambia called Kabwe about five years ago
initially. And this is a place that mines lead and we went into
schoolyards that were around the old smelter, which has since closed
down but has left this plume of contamination throughout the town.
And kids are running around, and they all looked a little sloppy.
They all seemed a little dull in the eye. We went in and tested the
school soil and the level of lead in the soil was at 20,000 parts per
million. That's ore grade! You could actually mine that soil in the
schoolyard and make money out of it. Now lead is a neurological
poison. It damages one's nerves' systems. And these kids are all
mentally retarded. The whole town is actually retarded. And yet, no
one in the town had told them that they were being poisoned from the
heavy metal there. And when kids were going into acute toxic shock
from lead contamination, the doctors, who were obviously controlled
by the factory owners, were telling them that they had malaria. And
they would treat them and get some of the lead out of their system
and send them back home. It breaks your heart when you go to a place
like that and you just see all these kids that just have no future in
front of them."
Don't breed 'em, feed 'em!